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Expert Convening on Open Source for Social Good

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The Case Foundation

1717 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

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The open source ecosystem, which includes software products, data and methodologies, is a driving force behind many breakthrough achievements in digital technology within the private sector. However, in the social sector, open source adoption remains weak despite its massive potential to improve how the industry functions.

To this aim, GitHub Inc. and The Case Foundation have partnered on a research project to understand how open source adoption could be strengthened in the social sector. We are exploring the ways in which the current OS ecosystem is inaccessible to the social sector, more sustainable OS models, and how the lack of diversity affects the OS ecosystem.

We invite nonprofit and social sector leaders, technology companies, funders, developers and maintainers to attend an afternoon convening on Wednesday, September 4 from noon – 5 PM at The Case Foundation in Washington DC, during which we will host several activities and sessions to better understand potential solutions to the challenges above. While anyone may sign up for the session, kindly note GitHub and The Case Foundation will issue final invitations. Participation must be in person in Washington DC. Limited honorariums to cover transport costs are available to a few especially qualified individuals.

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  1. Opening warm up activity
  2. Diversity in Open Source
  3. Effective open source education and onboarding tools for non-techies in the social sector
  4. Enhancing the discoverability of open source tools and products for the social sector
  5. Deep dive into data and privacy misconceptions the social sector has about open source

Who should attend?

  • Experts in the fields of tech for social good who have a strong familiarity with open source technologies
  • Experts in the field of open source for social good who are actively working in global communities outside the US and Europe
  • Open source developers, maintainers, M&E practitioners, data scientists, statisticians, designers
  • Grant makers or other philanthropic funders of tech for social good / open source for good
  • Those who feel there are limits to how nonprofits can engage with the open source ecosystem
  • Strong preference for those who have worked on the implementation and/or deployment of open source tools for social good

If you would like more information on the honorariums, please write malakumar85@github.com with an introduction to who you are and what you would like to bring to the discussion. To attend, please RSVP on Eventbrite.

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