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The Power of Open Source Community

By September 3, 2020November 1st, 2023Blog, Staff

Contributed by Jacqueline Salinas

Panelists: Marky Jackson, Director of Open Source at OpsMx and Tracy Ragan, CEO of DeployHub
Date: October 7, 2020 at 1:15 PM PST
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The panel, “The Power of Open Source Community,” will cover two unique stories of how the community has impacted personal and professional lives for the better. This discussion will cover how you too can make an impact by contributing to open-source communities. The panelists will tell us their personal DevOps journey, the people who helped them along the way, and how they continue to make a difference in the open-source communities today. Join to learn how you can get involved in open-source projects from Marky, Tracy, and Jacqueline’s first-hand experiences.

 “The Power of Open Source Community,” was inspired by Marky Jackson’s case study, which Cloudbees released earlier this year as part of their campaign to bring more awareness to the project Jenkins and the positive impact it has had on the community.  “Why I Contribute to the Open Source Community – and You Should Too,” inspired the podcast, “The Power of Open Source Community,” and that snowballed into this panel for cdCon and also a keynote at DevOps World 2020. The reason why we believe that sharing these stories are so important and powerful for the tech industry, especially, in this current cultural and political climate is because of the message it carries: people matter.  All people, despite background, ethnicity, status, education, etc. Open-source communities are making space for diversity to thrive and succeed. We are committing and ensuring that we have a safe space for everyone to come together, contribute, and grow. 

Since joining the CD Foundation almost a year ago as Director of Ecosystem & Community Development, it has made me reflect on my own experiences and how the community and my network has helped me grow into a better human and professional. This is what we hope we can foster in our open source communities—an environment where humans from diverse backgrounds can join, get help, contribute, and give back. We hope that this panel will inspire new community members to join the CD Foundation and contribute in whatever way they can. Open-source communities depend on individuals like the mentors that have helped Marky, Tracy, and myself. We ask the community to join us and help us pay it forward. Thank you and we hope to see you around the CD Foundation universe! 

See you then,
Director of Ecosystem & Community Development, CDF