Community is the cornerstone of what makes open source work so well, in part because innovation thrives on diversity of thought. I am always looking for inquisitive people who share clever ideas and question technology's status quo. Here are nine people in my feed who inspire my love for learning.
Tiffani Ashley Bell @tiffani
Tiffani Ashley Bell is an inspiring leader who uses her technology prowess to do good. Her Y Combinator-backed non-profit organization The Human Utility is a platform that helps people pay their water bills by connecting people who want to give with people who need help. She spoke about this project in a keynote address at O'Reilly's Open Source Software's Conference (OSCON) in 2019. Before becoming The Human Utility's executive director, she was a Code for America Fellow and Harvard Technology and Democracy Fellow. Follow her for Ruby on Rails content, stories about Black innovation, and loads of wit.
That thing where you can go to the grocery store on a Thursday night, crack open the new issue of The @OprahMagazine and your work is in there.
THANK YOU to all of you who donate and support The @HumanUtility. ♥️? pic.twitter.com/lol80qSd4l
— Tiffani Ashley Bell (@tiffani) February 21, 2020
Stephon Brown @StephonBee
Brief overview of Kotlin https://t.co/ikcfcCNxYM
— Stephon Brown (@StephonBee) June 2, 2020
Brian Douglas @bdougieYO
— Brian Douglas (@bdougieYO) April 5, 2017
Mary Hemphill @limitless__lady
Dr. Mary Hemphill is the founder of The Limitless Leader, an educational program for individuals and teams to instill confidence to meet their potential. She is passionate about closing the gender gap in computer science, and her #IAmCS campaign uses an open source approach to enroll K-12 girls in computer science classes.
I wrote The One-Minute Meeting as a call to action to school leaders. I developed this process after teaching in & leading schools in desperate need of transformation. One strategic minute with each student can change the trajectory of a learning community! #oneminutemeeting pic.twitter.com/DYZ5sdUqkx
— Mary Hemphill, PhD (@limitless__lady) July 12, 2020
Kelsey Hightower @kelseyhightower
Kelsey Hightower is a sysadmin, open source thought leader, Kubernetes expert, and developer advocate at Google. Last year, GitLab sat down with him to chat all about the future of cloud-native technologies. I love his analogy using Tetris to explain the fundamentals of Kubernetes. His ability to explain complex cloud concepts is what makes him an approachable technologist for anyone to follow, no matter where they are on their learning journey.
The best programming language is the one you know how to use.
— Kelsey Hightower (@kelseyhightower) July 30, 2020
Timirah James @TimirahJ
I started following Timirah James during OSCON in 2019, where she spoke about the basics of server-side Swift using the Vapor framework. Earlier this year, she launched #MyProgrammingHeartChallenge, a fun augmented reality experience on Instagram that helps people answer the question, "what programming language am I?". If that's not a testament to the joyful way she approaches coding, mentorship, and life, then jamming to her song Coderitis should seal the deal.
It’s. FINALLY. HERE!! ?? The #MyProgrammingHeartChallenge AR Filter is LIVE on IG!!! ???❤️ Just in time for #ValentinesDay, for all my programmers who code for the love of it! ?? Play and activate the filter on IG here and tag me >> @TimirahJ: https://t.co/t3zbGDIZfq pic.twitter.com/h3VTRiC4QO
— Timirah James (@TimirahJ) February 15, 2020
Angie Jones @techgirl1908
Angie Jones is a developer advocate and instructor for a series of test automation courses covering topics like Selenium and Java. When she's not designing software tutorials for grown-ups, she volunteers for Black Girls Code by teaching workshops for kids. Be sure to check out her talk during All Things Open in October.
The wait is over! I've just released my free #Java course! ?
The course is designed for beginners to programming, so if you or anyone you know has been wanting to get into coding, this is a great resource to do so. https://t.co/eQ9rqOjegD pic.twitter.com/Pk9q2dcH6b
— Angie Jones (@techgirl1908) May 31, 2019
Nathaniel Okenwa @chatterboxCoder
Nathaniel Okenwa is a Londoner and kickboxer turned developer evangelist working at Twilio, a cloud communications platform built with open source projects. He is the host of The Baby Developer Show, a podcast perfect for developers who are just starting out and seeking career advice.
The Baby Developer Show is back with a bang tomorrow! I can't wait to sit down with @willjohnsonio to talk about how networking on twitter helped him break into Tech where he now works at @eggheadio. See you there...
Link: https://t.co/3SbNJ8Wlsv pic.twitter.com/cp9TkmkPJS
— Nathaniel Okenwa (@chatterboxCoder) August 3, 2020
Saron Yitbarek @saronyitbarek
I was fascinated by Saron Yitbarek's personal story, which she shared at Red Hat Summit's Virtual Experience in April. She transitioned from being a medical student to a journalist to a self-taught developer and community advocate. Her weekly Twitter chat evolved into a supportive, international community of coders called CodeNewbie (now owned by Dev). If you are a fan of the Command Line Heroes podcast, you will recognize Saron's voice as the show's dynamic host! As a fellow '90s kid, I find her to be an absolute delight to follow on Twitter!
Excited to host my third podcast! I've wanted to do this show for a long time, and it's finally happening. So pumped about this one. Make sure to subscribe ❤️ https://t.co/NWqe35mmx8
— Saron (@saronyitbarek) July 30, 2020
Who inspires you?
There are tons of amazing open source leaders to include in your feed for inspiration. Who do you follow?