Jim Scarborough

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North Carolina, United States

From the country's hot spot for tornadoes per-capita, Huntsville, Alabama, Jim brings together an understanding of the severity of tornadoes, concern for fellow Red Hatters' safety as a Safety Warden, and over 20 years' experience developing software into a nighttime coding gig to create the ultimate tornado warning device.

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The contributors to open source software are not just amateurs. Professionals contribute core parts of open source code and serve to maintain existing software. [<a href="https://fossbazaar.org/content/differences-between-paid-and-volunteer-foss-contributors/">3</a>] There is no shortage of people with a vested interest in better open source software.