October 15, 2013

When Open Source Invests in Diversity, Everyone Wins

diversity in open source

All Things Open 2013 conference

This article is part of an interview series highlighting the speakers of the upcoming All Things Open 2013 conference in Raleigh, NC

 

Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer. She helps organize the Boston Python user group and plays a big role in diversity outreach by introducing and welcoming more beginners and women. Participation has increased from 0-2% to 15% and the user group has sustained this over the past two years.

It's results like this that convince Jessica that when open source communities invest in diversity outreach, everyone benefits. Since implementing a beginner series, intermediate workshops, and open source sprints, the Boston Python user group has over quintupled in size, from 700 members to 4000+. They are now the largest Python user group in the world. That type of growth is something all open source communities should aspire to.

Read more about Jessica McKellar in this interview.

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