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Maintainer Week

A week for open source maintainers to gather, share, and be celebrated. 🥳

❇️ Week of June 7, 2021 ❇️

Welcome to Maintainer Week!

Open Source runs the world. But who runs open source? Who is there, day by day, to keeping it all running? Open Source project maintainers make the software we use possible. But project maintenance is intense work - and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Maintainer week is a reminder for the ecosystem to support, celebrate, and compensate open source maintainers.

Maintainer week is an opportunity for maintainers to gather and share knowledge and experiences. It’s a time to see how other projects are tackling similar problems. And it’s a time to reflect collectively that the challenges faced aren’t all technical, and the burden on maintainers can come with a lack of boundaries, vacations, or emotional support. Whether you’re celebrating contributions to open source, or reflecting on the particular pains of this line of labor, this is a week to come together.

What’s going on during Maintainer Week? How do I get involved?

This is an open source initiative to bookmark a week to collectively contemplate open source maintainership, whatever form that takes. Various organizations, projects, and companies will be running activities, events, and distributing resources. Submit a PR to list what you’re planning, so that folks can come participate. Anyone can plan or add something. No-one owns Maintainer Week - it’s for everyone.

Some examples of what folks are doing:

  • Posting on social media to thank the maintainers of their favorite open source projects
  • Recording special Podcast episodes
  • Organizing special-edition open working group meetings
  • Streaming live on Twitch
  • Hosting mini-events
  • Convening tool-specific maintainer summits
  • Pledging to to donate to support Open Source

And next - enjoy! See the list below to plan your week.

Maintainer Week Activities

🗓 Upstream
June 7. All day 14:00-22:45 UTC

A one-day celebration of open source, the developers who use it, and the maintainers who create it. This 100% virtual, completely free event brings together like-minded application developers, open source project maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work.

🗓 Global Maintainer Summit
June 8-9. All day 16:00-21:30 UTC

Conference entirely for, and by, open source maintainers. Two days of talks from a wide variety of projects on how they approached - and sometimes even solved! - common difficulties in OS project maintenance. All are welcome.

🎤 The Changelog: Every commit is a gift
June 10. 8am EDT/12:00 UTC

The Changelog welcomes Brett Cannon to discuss his post about the social contract of open source.

🗓 Thank a Maintainer (on Changelog)
June 10. All day

The Changelog team has developed a limited-run t-shirt that they will send to the maintainer(s) you thank, as a bonus “thank you” alongside your appreciation.

🎉 FundOSS Launch Party
June 11. 9am PDT/16:00 UTC

Join us for 90 minutes of chillin' and shillin' with 60 projects participating in the pilot of FundOSS: a new model for funding Open Source we're calling Democratic Funding.

📺 Live Streams

Code along with...
June 8 & June 10. 13:00 UTC

Join David, Head of Open Source at BrowserStack, on his Twitch Stream as he works on some of the most common browser automation tools & open source testing frameworks. Come ask questions about quality software development, how to automate testing in your projects or just to hang out!

Open Source Friday
June 11 17:00 UTC

Interested in learning about Firebase and Flutter? Join @mikediarmid and @bdougie as they review a collection of Firebase plugins for Flutter apps. at 10am PDT (1800 UTC). We will also be joined by the maintainer of Docz to chat about their recent experience coming back to a project after a needed break.

👩‍🏫🧑‍🏫👨‍🏫 Panels

Foundations Roundtable: From Maintain to Sustain
June 10 17:00 UTC

Foundations sit at the center of the free and open source communities. But no two foundations are alike! Join us for a roundtable discussion with representatives from several different FOSS Foundations. We will be talking about the kinds of things that Foundations do for their member projects, the differences between some of the foundations, and some indicators that it may be time to think about bringing your project to a foundation.

Ewa (Python Software Foundation), Leah (NumFOCUS), Rachel (Drupal Association), Karen (Software Freedom Conservancy), Jory (OpenJS Foundation), and Ben (Open Collective) will be hosted by Duane O'Brien (Indeed). Richard Littauer (Sustain) will collect all your questions for the panel.


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