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GitHub Social Impact at MozFest 2022

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Mala Kumar @malakumar85

Director of Tech for Social Good, GitHub Social Impact
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Cynthia Lo @csmlo

Program Manager, Skills-Based Volunteering, GitHub Social Impact
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Camaley Jennings @camaleyjennings1

Marketing & Project Manager, GitHub Social Impact

March 1, 2022 // DevelopersSkills-Based VolunteeringPartnershipsSkilling

Published on: March 1, 2022

Hosted by the Mozilla Foundation, Mozilla Festival, or more commonly known as MozFest, brings together communities to reframe and reimagine our online world. From policymakers and activists, to developers and artists, the conference aims to strengthen digital work to build a healthier internet and more trustworthy artificial intelligence (AI).

The GitHub Social Impact team is excited to host a number of live, virtual sessions at MozFest. Take a look below at our schedule. We hope to see you there!

Hackers to humanitarians: Leverage your tech skills for social good!

Tuesday, March 8, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PT

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Join us for an interactive session on how to use your technical skills for social good. We’ll hear from GitHub Social Impact Skills-Based Volunteering Program Manager, Cynthia Lo (@csmlo) on how GitHub matches employees with social sector organizations to assist with projects, programs, and more.

During this session, we’ll be joined by three nonprofits:

  • Sharing Excess, which partners with grocery stores, restaurants, wholesalers, and farmers to rescue and redistribute over 10,000 lbs. of food every day.
  • Kona Connect / Spring A.C.T., which combines human rights and AI, empowering individuals in vulnerable situations through practical tools.
  • Mobile Pathways, which utilizes mobile phone technology to help immigrants navigate the legal immigration process.

These organizations will share more on their missions and show us how we can leverage our technical skills to bring about positive change.

The MERL Center: Welcome to our open source community!

Wednesday, March 9, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PT

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In this session, you’ll hear from members of the MERL Center. The Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) Center is a community that creates resources about the intersection of MERL and open source, data science, and human-centered design, for people of any technology capacity.

The MERL Center currently has over 50 members in five continents. Members collaborate on content that draws from their global professional experience in disciplines such as international development, public health, and education. Join us to discuss the collaboration power of the MERL Center and help us brainstorm on our expanded scope of human-centered design and data science. Want to join our community? We’ll help you with that, too!

Open source software research in India, Kenya, Egypt, and Mexico

Thursday, March 10, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM PT

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Open source software for social impact is a promising field that has been gaining interest for years, but without any concentrated focus or insight into its scope or potential, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). To better understand this space globally, GitHub Social Impact and OBI Digital teamed up to build on their research from 2020, this time to ask: what does the open source software landscape look like in LMICs around the world? In this session, we will share our learnings from diving into the OSS ecosystems in India, Egypt, Kenya, and Mexico, and offer some insight into OSS communities, trends, dynamics, and opportunities in LMICs world over.

We look forward to seeing you at MozFest 2022!

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