Hello friends! I am Marky Jackson and I am so thrilled to be one of the newest CDF ambassadors.
I have been involved in open source for many years but my start in the world was rather rocky. I had a difficult childhood. I was shuffled from one boys’ home to another and had little control over my life. But I was tough and smart, and I emancipated at an early age, which allowed me to start living the way I wanted while I was still in my teens.
I studied computer science at UCLA and MIT and then spent 14 months as an intern at Jasmine Multimedia Publishing before joining companies such as Yahoo, AT&T, HP, Symantec and more.
I am extremely excited to be a part of this program because I get to make people smile by mentoring and being positive. I love public speaking, doing a meetup in person or virtual and helping people online. I get joy when a person gets involved in the open-source community.
The open source community is all about inclusion. We welcome people to contribute, and we try to express our gratitude for their hard work. The sense of unity and belonging is second to none with developers, coders, and engineers from around the world collaborating to advance our industry.
It takes a lot of time and effort to keep the open-source community going. Most of us are working after-hours to get things done, and we need help—lots of help. People think that you have to be an expert coder to join us, but that’s not true. There are plenty of ways to take part in. You can contribute error reports, write technical documentation, or even sponsor an application. There are plenty of ways to offer support. Just ask what you can do.
I look forward to meeting everyone and collaborating! You can find me at
@markyjackson5 on Twitter.