Jul 21 – 25, 2021 Online Event
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Moving towards maintaining a sustainable open-source project

Jul 21, 2021, 6:05 PM
25 Minute Presentation


Regina Nkemchor Adejo (GNOME)


Sustainability is a topic often discussed around technology and Open-Source(OS) projects. Over the years, I have learned through research that OS communities have leaned on forking to serve as an invisible hand of sustainability, which has helped OS projects get through extreme events such as; commercial acquisitions, lawsuits and funding. What if OS communities begin to imbibe practices that go beyond traditional ways of sustaining their projects. I believe all OS communities share a common aim: to have OS projects outlive current maintainers, contributors, and members, especially if there is future intent to extend project reach to underrepresented groups.
After doing tons of research, listening to podcasts and watching Ted Talks, I've streamlined my learnings to helping OS communities learn about practices that can help increase their life span and make a positive global impact.

Author(s) Bio

Regina is the founder of the Pranet Initiative, where she leads in development programs and strategies that help kids in Africa adopt technology innovation. In her previous role, she has functioned as a database application consultant and a trainer. Regina is currently a Director of the Board for the GNOME Foundation and actively involved in building the GNOME Africa community. Regina is passionate about open-source project longevity. She aims to help OS communities develop programs that drive a global impact positively and also help people from underrepresented groups become OS contributors.

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Regina Nkemchor Adejo (GNOME)

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