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// The ReadME Project

The people behind the software you love

Meet the maintainers and developers whose contributions move the open source world forward every day.

Lorena Mesa // pyladies

Building a globally diverse, welcoming Python community

Lorena finds the sweet spot between Python, politics, community governance and open source.

Amplifying the voices of the open source community

These unsung heroes contribute long hours to build software, fix issues, field questions, and manage communities, often without funding or recognition. We want the world to understand what drives them and learn about their journeys firsthand.

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.

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.

Kath Korevec

Chasing challenges to ship developer solutions

Armed with research, conviction and user empathy, Kath is determined to find answers.

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.

Andrea Griffiths // GitHub

Part of something bigger, from the Army to open source

Andrea made a career change and discovered a new world of possibilities.

Jerome Hardaway // Vets Who Code

The modern veteran: A coding superhero

Jerome is changing the game for veterans, writing code, and seeking racial equality for Black Americans.

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.

Jordan Harband // TC39

Maintaining kindness and commits

How Jordan approaches each line of code with compassion, gratitude, and purpose.

Ovilia Zhang // Apache ECharts

Finding inspiration from, with, and for the community

Ovilia makes an impact by dedicating time to both code and creativity.

Sonia John // ProtoSchool

Me, my computer, and the will to act

Sonia’s journey from self-taught coder to decentralized web advocate.

Samson Goddy // Sugar Labs

Dreaming big to unify Africa’s open source community

Samson proves that it takes just one inspired developer to ignite change.

Henry Zhu // Babel

A leap of faith: Committing to open source

How Henry bridged his faith and finances with open source.

Dirk Lemstra // ImageMagick

A balancing act: Puzzles and practicality

How Dirk found the middle ground between his day job and open source.

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The ReadME Project

About The ReadME Project

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.

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