THE README PODCAST // S2.5
Three careers and motherhood are just the start
Salma on staying visible, advocating for accessibility, and coding for a better future.
Open Source is enabling the "Tech for Good" movement
There’s a growing global movement applying cutting edge open source projects to humanity’s thorniest problems.
Liyas Thomas // Hoppscotch
Hoppscotch’s maintainer builds open solutions for all
When Liyas sees an opportunity to make a developer’s life easier, he doesn’t hesitate.
Lift as you climb
Cassidy on creating content, building relationships, and how much you get by giving back.
THE README PODCAST // S2.4
Where utility meets beauty: Hoppscotch
Liyas blends a passion for art with a talent for coding.
THE README PODCAST // S2.3
Giving 110% in the right place at the right time
Astro founder Fred on luck, motivation, and breaking into OSS.
THE README PODCAST // S2.2
A master in both piano and WordPress
How Helen found herself at the inspiring intersection of music and open source software.
Monica Powell // Newsela
Using code as documentation to save time and share context
Here’s how to do documentation to help yourself and others.
THE README PODCAST // S2.1
Python enthusiast, Twitch streamer, et. al.
Anthony on the importance of learning, teaching, and communicating.
Open source momentum and how to find it
Neha knows that to drive value, we have to start by focusing on everyone’s experience.
Learning by doing, from Python to Twitch
Drawn to the community aspect of open source, Anthony uses Twitch as a modern classroom.
David Noël-Romas // Stripe
Time management for makers
As makers, software engineers should adopt these seven essential habits.
Cassidy Williams // Netlify
Get your first software developer job
Tips, tricks, and general advice for how to get in the door in tech.
Aaron Turner // WebAssembly
From hacking prepaid phones to maintaining WebAssembly
Aaron Turner learned code to upgrade his phone, change his life, and give those with limited means access to better tools.
How open source software powers modern filmmaking
From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.
Tracy Hinds // Open Source Initiative
Asking tough questions to make room for valuable projects
Tracy Hinds works behind the scenes to resolve conflicts so open source developers can do their best work.
Jerome Hardaway // Vets Who Code
Teaching in public with GitHub
Uplift others by sharing your knowledge.
Glia uses open source and 3D printing to enable universal access to medical equipment
From conflict zones to COVID-19 shortages, Glia is bringing medical equipment to those who need it most.
THE README PODCAST // S1.12
Prioritizing empathy and taking risks to build Chakra UI
Founder Segun Adebayo on creating opportunities.
How open source maintainers keep contributors—and themselves—happy
It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about contributor relations.
THE README PODCAST // S1.11
Creating space and opportunity with She Code Africa
Founder Ada Nduka Oyom on giving women the tools to thrive as developers.
Limor Fried // Adafruit Industries
Leading the community of Adafruit
Limor Fried on making firm decisions, weeding out negativity, and building something better, together.
A dev’s guide to open source software licensing
A crash course in licensing.
Nader Dabit // react-native-elements
From finding his calling to mastering React Native
Nader is energized by getting vulnerable on open source, learning, teaching, and connecting.
Chasing dreams, data, and creative coding
Shirley on creating art, representing Asian women in tech, and finding the work that resonates.
Monica Powell // react-ladies
Elevating others and making open source approachable
Monica nurtures inclusive spaces to educate, learn, be creative, and collaborate.
Segun Adebayo // Chakra UI
Coding at the speed of design with Chakra UI
Part designer, part UX engineer, Segun is all about accessibility, inclusion, and empathy.
Salah Al-Dhaferi // ReCoded-Org
Learning to code against all odds
After a challenging 15-year education journey in Yemen, Salah pays it forward by teaching aspiring young coders.
How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation
Global Forest Watch uses open source to turn satellite imagery into actionable insight to save forests.
Open Source on Mars: Community powers NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter
Developers around the world contribute to historic flight.
Tanner Linsley // chartjs
When open source is symbiotic with your business
Hooked on open source, Tanner has a knack for building solutions people need.
Lorena Mesa // pyladies
Building a globally diverse, welcoming Python community
Lorena finds the sweet spot between Python, politics, community governance and open source.
Jory Burson // jquery
Setting the right bar for open source standards
Jory takes matters into her own hands and asks the tough questions to optimize collaboration.
How Python is building a welcoming community for women
The Python community is setting an example other open source communities can follow.
Marcy Sutton // whatwg
Making accessibility in tech the rule, not the exception
Marcy on the power of advocacy to normalize accessibility and bring more voices to open source.
Chasing challenges to ship developer solutions
Armed with research, conviction and user empathy, Kathy is determined to find answers.
How the open source community came together to fight COVID-19
As the pandemic raged, open source developers sprang into action to leverage data for the greater good.
How open source maintainers can maintain balance in turbulent times
Open source maintainers are working harder than ever. Here’s how to maintain your passion during trying times.
How InfoSec pros keep open source safe—and how you can help
Security pros talk about what keeps them up at night—and what they’re doing about it.
Black voices bring much needed context to our data-driven society
Black communities are working together to democratize data and make the field more inclusive.
Brian Douglas // open-sauced
Taking a chance on others, and yourself
Bdougie on the pivotal (often heartbreaking) moments that led him to find his true calling.
Angie Jones // applitools
My differences are my superpowers
Angie makes a point to stay empathetic, share her knowledge, and give back to the community.
Safia Abdalla // nteract
Dream big, and follow through even bigger
Safia leverages her position as a maintainer to empower underrepresented contributors
Caleb Porzio // Laravel Livewire
Bringing simplicity, joy, and order to web development
Caleb on monetizing his craft and the value of transparency and sustainability in open source.
Gina Häußge // OctoPrint
It’s a 3D world, and we all belong
How Gina’s pet project grew into an entire ecosystem that took over her life (in a good way).
Nick DeJesus // use-shopping-cart
Shaping a more empowering future for eCommerce
Nick on more knowledge sharing, education, and support—and less code switching.
Shikha Mishra // Magento
Finding recognition and responsibility in open source
Driven by a strong work ethic, Shikha prioritizes happiness, work satisfaction, and community.
Veterans mobilize to help each other break into tech
Veterans face significant barriers to getting into tech. So they’re tapping their greatest resource: each other.
The modern veteran: A coding superhero
Jerome is changing the game for veterans, writing code, and seeking racial equality for Black Americans.
Part of something bigger, from the Army to open source
Andrea made a career change and discovered a new world of possibilities.
Michał Gołębiowski-Owczarek // jQuery
Looking deep to have a big influence
Michał’s work on jQuery is fueled by his attention to detail and desire to make an impact.
Mariatta Wijaya // Python
Breaking down barriers for women everywhere
A parent, engineer, woman of color, and open source maintainer, Mariatta leads by example.
Marc Cornellà // Oh My Zsh
Inspired to not only consume, but contribute
How Marc is driven by the community, its challenges—and due dates.
Robby Russell // Oh My Zsh
Finding strength and purpose in collaboration
How Robby relies on his team, mends software, and stays true to his project.
Wes McKinney // Apache Arrow
The sustainable future open source deserves
Wes prioritizes the community to improve data science tools and empower scalable solutions.
David Nolen // clojurescript
Scaling open source by creating potential
David believes in making space for ideas, staying true to your vision, and the power of “no.”
Chrissy LeMaire // dbatools
Finding connection and joy in the open source world
From the Bayou to Europe, Chrissy builds a life that would make her younger self proud.
Benjie Gillam // Graphile
The art of helping people and setting boundaries
For Benjie, open source isn’t just about sponsorships and code, but empathy and connection.
Gift Egwuenu // RubyGems
The connections behind the contributions
Gift starts small to ignite local and global open source engagement.
Alex Ellis // OpenFaaS
Balancing open source sacrifice and success
Even as he struggles with funding, Alex recognizes the value of creativity and camaraderie.
Evan You // Vue
Starting with an idea and building a community
How Evan empowers developers to first define and then reach their goals.
Issy Long // Homebrew
Learning, connecting, and building a routine
Issy stresses the importance of staying patient with themself and taking breaks.
Ovilia Zhang // Apache ECharts
Finding inspiration from, with, and for the community
Ovilia makes an impact by dedicating time to both code and creativity.
Dirk Lemstra // ImageMagick
A balancing act: Puzzles and practicality
How Dirk found the middle ground between his day job and open source.
Coding is usually seen as a solitary activity, but it’s actually the world’s largest community effort led by open source maintainers, contributors, and teams. These unsung heroes put in long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities.
The ReadME Project is part of GitHub’s ongoing effort to amplify the voices of the developer community. It’s an evolving space to engage with the community and explore the stories, challenges, technology, and culture that surround the world of open source.