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The 2016 Women in Open Source Award

Honor. Celebrate. Inspire.

We believe open source is the future of technology. It's time to recognize the contributions women are making and inspire a new generation to join the open source movement.


The 2016 Women in Open Source Award winners

Congratulations to Jessica McKellar, director of engineering at Dropbox, and Preeti Murthy, master’s student at Carnegie Mellon University.

Our judges narrowed down your nominations to 10 finalists and turned to the community to decide our winners. Thank you to everyone who participated. Read on to learn more about the award winners and finalists who are making a difference using open source.

Jessica McKellar

Community Award winner

This mindset—that if you see something that could be better, you have the power to change it—is a mindset that I want as many people to have as possible on this planet.

JESSICA McKELLAR, director of engineering at Dropbox

Jessica won the Women in Open Source Community Award for her efforts to create more inclusive environments in open source communities and the technology industry. Jessica’s introduction to open source in 2006 was a positive experience and she aspires to make open source communities more welcoming to new contributors, so that their first experiences are as good as hers.

As the diversity outreach chair for PyCon, the annual Python community event, Jessica reached out to her network of women in technology to increase the number of women speakers at PyCon from 1% in 2011 to 40% in 2016. Jessica won an O'Reilly Open Source Award for her diversity outreach work in the Python community in 2013. She also coordinated the participation of Twisted and Python in Outreachy, a program that helps underrepresented groups get involved in open source. Under her leadership, Dropbox increased representation of women in engineering. She is also a senior technical advisor for the HBO show Silicon Valley.

Preeti Murthy

Academic Award winner

Technology is affecting the lives of people in their day-to-day tasks in a big way. People from all across the world are able to do their tasks so much more efficiently and effectively, so I wish to contribute in my own little way to this wonderful transformation that I see all around me.

Preeti Murthy, graduate student, Carnegie Mellon University, electrical and computer engineering

Preeti won this year's Women in Open Source Academic Award for her contributions to open source. As an undergraduate, Preeti was part of a team that introduced students to open source. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, she worked for three years as a Linux kernel developer, where she contributed code, documentation, tutorials, open content, and other communications. Preeti has nearly 60 commits and reviews in the area of CPU power management. She also volunteered as a co-mentor for the Outreachy internship program. Preeti is pursuing a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon, where she and her team are working on a programming toolchain for energy-harvesting systems that they hope to open source soon.

Meet our finalists

Community Award

  • Jessica McKellar

    Jessica McKellar
    Director of Engineering and Chief of Staff to the VP of Engineering at Dropbox
    Open source contributor for 7 years

    Projects or communities:
    Linux kernel, Python, Twisted, OpenHatch, Outreachy, Google Summer of Code

    Summary of contributions:
    Jessica began contributing to open source as an intern at VMware using Twisted. Following that experience, she made numerous contributions, including code, documentation and tutorials, open content, community advocacy, and serving as a project ambassador. Before joining Dropbox, she worked as a kernel engineer at Ksplice. She was also a founder and VP of Engineering at Zulip, which Dropbox acquired and open sourced. She has been a contributor to CPython and a maintainer of Twisted and OpenHatch. Jessica is passionate about empowering others, especially women, to learn programming. She co-authored books on Twisted and Linux device drivers, created an introduction to Python video course for O'Reilly Media, created and taught popular Boston Python workshops for women, and organized the world's largest Python user group. She delivered a keynote at PyCon 2014 on the importance of programming education for young children, and she ran a Python development sprint for new women contributors in San Francisco. She coordinated participation of Twisted and Python in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (now Outreachy), and has mentored many interns through Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. She has been a resident mentor at the Recurse Center several times. She was a director for the Python Software Foundation for several years, served on the board of directors from 2012 to 2015, and co-chaired its Outreach and Education Committee. She received an O’Reilly Open Source Award for her diversity outreach work in the Python community. As PyCon's Diversity Outreach chair, she personally reached out to her network of women in technology to increase the number of women speakers at PyCon from 1% in 2011 to 33% in 2014 and 2105. Before entering her current role at Dropbox, she led a 140-person team responsible for the core Dropbox experience on all platforms, including the desktop client and mobile apps, as well as Dropbox's API and stewarding web as a platform. Jessica is an angel investor who participates in Y Combinator Demo Days. She also serves as a senior technical advisor for the HBO show Silicon Valley.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Jessica plans to spend a lot of time volunteering, engaging technologists about education, leading effective initiatives, and empowering people. She is working on an ambitious engineering diversity recruiting program at Dropbox and plans to publish their model and results. They have already increased the representation of women in engineering by 33% in 2015. She hopes to use her platform to drive positive change for diversity recruiting, retention, and recognition throughout Silicon Valley.

  • Heidi Ellis

    Heidi Ellis
    Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology at Western New England University
    Open source contributor for 10 years

    Projects or communities:
    HFOSS, Foss2Serve, GNOME MouseTrap, Caribou, XFCE, OCRFeeder, OpenMRS, Sahana, OpenHatch

    Summary of contributions:
    Heidi got involved with open source in 2006 when she and 2 students helped modify the Sahana disaster management system. This experience showed her the potential of Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) to allow students to learn in a professional environment while helping people. She is a co-maintainer of GNOME MouseTrap, an application for users with disabilities. She has involved students in many GNOME Accessibility projects, including Caribou, Xfce, MouseTrap, and OCRFeeder. She has also supported student contributions to HFOSS projects like OpenMRS, the Spatial-Temporal Modeling System, and Sahana. She was the project coordinator for a GNOME Accessibility project in the 2011 and 2012 Open Source days at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. She is a founding member of Foss2Serve, an initiative with the goal of increasing student participation in HFOSS projects by increasing the number of professors who understand open source development. She worked with Red Hat to expand Professors Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshops, which have reached 60 instructors from 50+ institutions in the past 3 years. Throughout her career, she has observed that women are attracted to the humanitarian nature of HFOSS, and she recently moderated a panel on the topic. She recently moderated a panel on the topic at the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. She also co-chaired the open source track at Grace Hopper 2015. She has supported several OpenHatch Open Source Comes to Campus workshops, hosted Red Hat Education Outreach speakers, and brought students to the GNOME Developer Summit. Heidi has received 4 National Science Foundation grants, totaling $1.72 million, to research student involvement in HFOSS. She has edited 2 books, authored 14 book chapters and journal articles, been invited to 22 presentations, written 55 conference papers, and participated in 66 panels and poster presentations.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Heidi will spend the next year trying to get more students involved in open source by providing instructors with the understanding needed to support student participation. First, she plans to formalize open source instruction within academic curricula by working with Foss2Serve to inventory learning paths that use open source. These paths consist of learning activities that can be implemented within and outside of the classroom, and will prepare students for successful HFOSS participation by the time they graduate. Second, she will continue to grow the POSSE community and enhance the POSSE workshop. She also plans to continue supporting open source at Grace Hopper and other professional venues.

  • Valerie Aurora

    Valerie Aurora
    Co-founder of the Ada Initiative and Linux kernel developer
    Open source contributor for 13 years

    Projects or communities:
    Linux kernel, Ada Initiative

    Summary of contributions:
    Motivated by her love of building things that make people's lives better, Valerie contributed code to the Linux kernel for about a decade, writing file systems, networking, and device driver code. She designed and implemented chunkfs, union mounts, fsck parallelization, and relative access time (relatime). She was also a key architect and developer of ZFS for Solaris. She co-founded the Linux Storage, File Systems, and MM Summit in 2006, and she wrote the Kernel Hacker's Bookshelf series for Linux Weekly and gave many talks at open source conferences. She was a lead volunteer for LinuxChix for about 5 years. Her more recent work has focused on creating welcoming environments and providing resources for women in technology. She is a co-founder and former executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. Under her leadership, the organization created culture-changing resources and workshops, including the Ally Skills workshop, Imposter Syndrome training, the AdaCamp unconference for women in open technology and culture, and the conference anti-harassment policy now in use at the majority of open source conferences. While facilitating the interactive Ally Skills workshops, Valerie guides participants through discussions of challenging open technology and culture scenarios in which men can act as allies to women. In the last year, she taught this workshop at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) in Los Angeles, OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, LinuxCon NA, LinuxCon EU, and Ohio LinuxFest. She is also a co-founder of Double Union, a hacker and maker space for women in San Francisco.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Valerie will continue teaching the Ally Skills workshop at open source conferences, especially Linux conferences. She hopes to speak at more open source conferences about the connection between good technical decisions and good community management. She also plans to develop new classes related to open source.

  • Carrie Anne Philbin

    Carrie Anne Philbin
    Education pioneer at the Raspberry Pi Foundation
    Open source contributor for 5+ years

    Projects or communities:
    Python, Raspberry Pi, Sonic Pi, PyGame Zero, GPIO Zero, Micro Python for BBC Microbit, PSF Education Working Group, Computing at Schools, CAS #include, lowRISC

    Summary of contributions:
    Carrie Anne discovered open source as a teenager in the UK's fourth poorest district. She credits Linux with helping her overcome financial obstacles, and she credits the open source community—especially Python and Raspberry Pi—with being the first to welcome her as a female computing teacher and help develop her technical skills. As a teacher in her home district, she used open source platforms to teach and give students access to technology that would have otherwise been out of reach. An active board member of Computing At School, she now also chairs the Computing at Schools (CAS) #include initiative. As part of this group, she contributed to initiatives like #define, an inclusive workshop for all ages interested in computing, and Hack the Curriculum, in which she brought together academics, educators, and industry experts to create inclusive and open computing resources. Through her work at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, she is leading the creation of the Picademy teacher training program and CC-BY-SA educational resources. She has spoken regularly with the Python community on the value of building stronger relationships with teachers, including keynotes at PyCon UK, EuroPython, and PyThon Australia. She also helped establish the education track at PyCon UK and the Python in Education seminar at PyCon Australia. She was recently elected to the Python Software Foundation's (PSF) board of directors and established the Python Education working group to fund projects that improve Python's effectiveness as a first programming language. She has impacted many projects, including Sonic Pi, lowRISC, MicroPython for BBC MicroBit, GPIO Zero, and Pygame Zero, with her ability to clearly communicate how the needs of teachers and students differ from those of full-time software developers. She is the author of Adventures in Raspberry Pi, and her YouTube series Geek Gurl Diaries won a TalkTalk Digital Hero Award.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Through her work with PSF, she hopes to help create a cross-platform, open source education bundle for Python that includes a new open source beginners Python development tool. She is also working on rolling out MicroPython on the BBC MicroBit. At the Raspberry Pi Foundation, she will continue authoring free and open resources to allow learners access to a free, fun, and engaging computer science education. With CAS and #include, she hopes to make computing accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, disability, and special education needs by creating free and open wiki computing textbooks and lesson resources that meet curriculum and exam specifications. She also plans to organize and lead a series of events for educators, academics, and industry experts to bring awareness to the need for diversity within computing education and beyond.

  • Julia Lawall

    Julia Lawall
    Senior research scientist at Inria
    Open source contributor for 8 years

    Projects or communities:
    Coccinelle, Linux kernel, Outreachy

    Summary of contributions:
    Julia Lawall has contributed to open source with code, quality assurance, documentation and tutorials, open content, open source methods, system administration, mentorship, and as a project ambassador. She is the principal designer and maintainer of the open source program matching and transformation tool Coccinelle, which was mentioned in 1,400+ Linux kernel patches last year. The project is now used in the development of many other projects, including Wine, QEMU, and systemd. Julia is the Linux kernel program coordinator for the Outreach Program for Women (now Outreachy). She has facilitated panels at LinuxCon North America and LinuxCon Europe in which former Outreachy interns discussed the internship program's impact on their careers and presented their projects. As of November 2015, Julia had 1,541 accepted patches in linux-next. Former Outreachy interns say she is inspirational and a great resource when they encounter challenges.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    As quality, safety, and security of infrastructure software becomes increasingly important, Julia hopes to use her work on Coccinelle and related tools to easily capture and apply the knowledge that is now primarily held by core developers. She is working on the concept of a common vocabulary that everyone can use to improve complex, critical infrastructure software. She hopes to help more women studying computer science through internship programs like Outreachy, which she believes encourage women by providing coding skills, feedback from top developers, a network they can use for advice and inspiration, and the satisfaction of contributing to software used by millions around the world. She will also participate on the program committees for several conferences, including Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA), Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems (LCTES), Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI), and Automated Software Engineering (ASE).

Academic Award

  • Ankita Shukla

    Ankita Shukla
    Student at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India
    Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science
    Open source contributor for 3 years

    Projects or communities:
    Wikimedia, WikiWomen's Collaborative, Mozilla, Google Code-In, Outreachy, Systers, she++

    Summary of contributions:
    Ankita has contributed to numerous open source projects with code, quality assurance, documentation and tutorials, open content, community advocacy, open source methods, mentorship, and serving as a project ambassador. She began contributing to open source through Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Hackademic Challenges. As an avid open source advocate, she coordinated IIT Roorkee's first 24-hour hackathon. In 2014 she interned with Wikimedia as part of GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women (now Outreachy). During her internship she contributed to a collaborative spelling dictionary. She has continued contributing to Wikimedia by writing wikis, helping with documentation, and flagging bugs. She is a volunteer for WikiWomen's Collaborative, a Mozilla student ambassador, and the founder of the IIT Roorkee Lean in Circle. She is an active member of the IIT Roorkee Linux User Group and Software Development Section. She also coordinated the Google Students Club on campus. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship for attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in India.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Ankita hopes that by sharing her experiences she can inspire and motivate others to use and contribute to open source projects. She will be a mentor at Google Code-In 2015-2016, where she will guide students 13-17 years old as they begin contributing to open source. She plans to connect other women in technology by setting up a Women Who Code network at IIT Roorkee. She is a mentor for both Outreachy and the #include fellowship program by she++. She will also help promote and expand the reach of the Indian Women in Computing group in India, a Systers community created to bring together Indian women in technology. Ankita plans continue holding open lectures, hackathons, and other sessions locally.

  • Divya Upadhyay

    Divya Upadhyay
    Student at National Institute of Technology, Patna, India
    Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering
    Open source contributor for ~1.5 years

    Projects or communities:
    Systers, Google CodeIn, Google Summer of Code, Ushahidi, Typo3 CMS, Ruby, she++

    Summary of contributions:
    Divya was introduced to open source while applying for Google Summer of Code 2014. In the ~1.5 years following, she has made numerous contributions to open source projects, including code and programming, quality assurance, design and UX, marketing, documentation, tutorials, open content, community advocacy and management, and serving as a project ambassador. Her proposal to work with the Systers community on crowdsourcing for the Guyana deaf community was selected for Google Summer of Code 2015. For this project, she worked with Peace Corps volunteers to help deaf students in Guyana receive an education using Ushahidi’s open source crowdsourcing platform. She is a mentor with Systers for Google Code-In 2015, and she mentored at Open Source Day at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2015. She is 1 of 11 she++ ambassadors, a Microsoft Student Partner, a mentor for Learn IT Girl!, a volunteer for Hour of Code, and a Google Student Ambassador. In these roles she mentors others, hosts events, and conducts campaigns to encourage women to participate in computer science. Divya received a grant for women developers sponsored by Intel and organized by Droidcon. She has worked on tutorials for the Ruby framework Padrino, and on the TYPO3 CMS as an intern for the Spanish open source consultancy Igalia. She is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of 2 startups in India: Delight and has been selected for TATA First Dot Bootcamp, powered by the National Entrepreneurship Network.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    As an avid open source advocate, Divya hopes to help others take their first steps into open source. She is especially focused on helping women get involved in science and technology, as she believes this will help bridge the gender gap and promote faster technological advances. She plans to conduct inspiring events to help women discover their passion for computer science and believe they can make an impact in technology. After she graduates in May 2016, she will continue contributing to open source and mentoring others. She is also passionate about helping financially-constrained students who have a desire to learn computer science. She hopes to use her entrepreneurial experience to encourage others to launch startups that solve problems and improve lives.

  • Preeti Murthy

    Preeti Murthy
    Student at Carnegie Mellon University
    Pursuing a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering
    Open source contributor for 3+ years

    Projects or communities:
    Linux kernel, Mono, Outreachy

    Summary of contributions:
    Preeti joined IBM's Linux Technology Center soon after earning her bachelor's degree, and worked there as a Linux kernel developer for 3 years. Her contributions include code and programming as well as documentation, tutorials, open content, and other communication. She has nearly 60 commits and reviews in the area of CPU power management. She has presented on power management at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, the Linux Kernel Summit, and the Linux Plumbers Conference. While at IBM, Preeti volunteered as a co-mentor for the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (now Outreachy) internship program. She also contributed articles to the Linux weekly newsletter, As an undergraduate, she worked on the Mono open source cross-compiler project as part of her thesis, and was actively involved in the Linux users group. She was also part of a team involved with introducing students to Linux and open source.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Preeti hopes to expand her knowledge of computer systems by earning a master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently working on a class of devices called energy harvesting systems as part of a research project. She and her team are working on a programming toolchain for these devices, which they plan to open source soon. She believes open source development is the best ecosystem for a developer to grow technically, and she intends to pass on the benefits of working in open source to new contributors. She looks forward to graduating and getting back to open source development with her newly-gained skills.

  • Lynnette Ng

    Lynnette Ng
    Student at National University of Singapore
    Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer science
    Open source contributor for 3+ years

    Project or communities:
    Google Summer of Code, Hyde, Open Government

    Summary of contributions:
    Lynnette was inspired to study computer science in high school by a tutor from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Now, as a student at NUS and a teaching assistant herself, she has contributed to many open source projects, including an open source software for surgeons that has greatly improved productivity. She presented the project to the Department of Surgery at the National University Hospital and has volunteered to mentor the next round of students sustaining the project. She represented her school at the International RoboSub Competition with the BumbleBee Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and open sourced the code. In 2014 she and the BumbleBee team participated in Google Summer of Code, and Lynnette won the prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. She also built an award-winning open source web application called Hyde that integrates open government data with social media to gauge real-time sentiment of situations in Singapore. She actively advocates computing to school children, first-year university students, and other women with interest in computing. She facilitates workshops and hackathons, mentors secondary school students in Scratch programming and computing without computers, and has written documentation and tutorials for the NUS School of Computing. She has curated a useful list of resources, as well as some LaTeX templates, and uploaded the content to GitHub.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Lynnette is currently working on her honors thesis—a 3D makeup projection that uses a Microsoft Kinect and a projector to allow makeup artists to visualize makeup before applying. Her project relies heavily on open source development. She plans to continue her outreach activities, including mentoring first-year students, facilitating more high school workshops, organizing hackathons, and recruiting more women into the NUS School of Computing. She hopes to empower others, and believes that open source projects are a good platform for diverse groups to make ideas a reality.

  • Dawn Foster

    Dawn Foster
    Ph.D. candidate at the University of Greenwich
    Researching company collaboration within the Linux kernel community
    Open source contributor for 10+ years

    Projects or communities:
    Tizen, MeeGo, Puppet, Metrics Grimoire

    Summary of contributions:
    Dawn is a long-time open source contributor in the areas of community advocacy and community management, system administration, open source methods, and open content. Her fascination with open source began at Intel, where she was asked to analyze various open source projects. She soon began blogging and presenting on how open source communities work. She then worked as the director of community and partner programs for a small, open source startup. As community manager and leader for projects like MeeGo, Puppet, and Tizen, Dawn was responsible for facilitation and management of community communication, as well as authoring and enforcing community guidelines and codes of conduct. She was often the person whom contributors consulted for escalating issues across the project and to find the right people to solve problems. Throughout her time in open source, she has worked on a variety of other tasks, including deploying new versions of community software, dealing with spam attacks, revising legal documents, writing documentation, contributing to governance discussions, authoring press releases, writing blog posts, and making podcasts. She is especially passionate about using data to measure and improve community participation. Recently, she has presented on and advocated for using Gource and tools from Metrics Grimoire for open source project analysis. She also presents often on various open source technologies and careers in open source.

    What she hopes to accomplish in the next year and beyond:
    Dawn is currently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Greenwich. She is studying how companies collaborate within the Linux kernel community by using network analysis to look at how people work together. Her decades of experience in the technology industry offer a unique perspective on community research. She hopes to publish some of her work in a peer-reviewed journal before completing her Ph.D. Because she uses the tools in the open source Metrics Grimoire project regularly for her research, she plans to get more involved in this project, and has already contributed through documentation and evangelism. To stay connected to the technology industry while in academia, Dawn is working part-time on community building and open source consulting for The Scale Factory.

Award process

Recognizing women's contributions to open source

We’re looking for women who make important contributions to an open source project or the open source community, including:

  • Code and programming.
  • Quality assurance and bug triage.
  • Involvement in open hardware.
  • System administration and infrastructure.
  • Design, artwork, user experience, and marketing.
  • Documentation, tutorials, and other communications.
  • Translation and internationalization.
  • Open content.
  • Community advocacy and community management.
  • Intellectual property advocacy and legal reform.
  • Open source methodology.

Nominees qualify for 2 distinct awards

  • Women in Open Source Academic Award: Women who are enrolled in college or university
  • Women in Open Source Community Award: All other women

Meet the judges

These Red Hat judges selected our finalists. The final winners will be chosen by the public.

  • Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO
  • DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer
  • Tim Burke, vice president, software engineering
  • Denise Dumas, vice president, software engineering
  • Christopher Wright, vice president and chief technologist
  • Deborah Bryant, senior director, open source and standards
  • Jason Hibbets, community manager of
  • Harish Pillay, senior community relations specialist
  • Werner Gold, principal solutions offering manager
  • Diane Mueller, director, community development

2015 Award Winners

The first annual Women in Open Source Award winners

Sarah Sharp, embedded software architect at Intel, and Kesha Shah, a student at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, have been chosen as the first winners of the annual Women in Open Source Award.

Special thanks to everyone who helped spread the word, nominated women from their communities, and voted to determine the winners.

Past winners

Introducing the women who have achieved this notable award for open source contribution.

Meet our 2015 winners

The first class of Women in Open Source Award winners and finalists have contributed to projects ranging from open medical content and legal reform to code for many open source projects. Read on to learn how these inspiring women are changing the world.

2015 Community Award winner

Sarah Sharp

Sarah won the Community Award for her efforts in improving communications and inviting women into open source communities. Sarah coordinates Linux® kernel mentors for Outreachy (formerly the Outreach Program for Women), which helps underrepresented groups get involved in open source software projects. An outspoken proponent of improving communications among kernel developers, Sarah helps make open source communities more civil, collaborative, and welcoming. Sarah was the author and former maintainer of the Linux USB 3.0 host controller driver. She has also developed open source amateur rocket software and hardware—built by the Portland State Aerospace Society—and open source software to power her garden's automated water systems.

2015 Academic Award winner

Kesha Shah

Kesha, a full-time student, won in the Academic category for her outstanding coding and mentoring work while studying information and communication technology. Being part of Google Summer of Code program multiple times, Shah contributed to three open source organizations, Systers- an Anita Borg Institute, BRL-CAD and STEPcode. She also mentored at Season Of KDE, Learn IT Girls! and Google Code-In, helping pre-university students from across the globe develop their first open source contributions, and is currently director for Women Who Code in Gujarat. Shah was a recipient of prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Asia-Pacific Scholarship and Anita Borg Pass It On winner for teaching basic computer and smartphone technologies to middle-aged women, especially mothers in her province. Shah has mentored many students' initial open source development contributions and guided many of them toward becoming regular contributors.

Meet our 2015 finalists

Community Award

Shauna Gordon-McKeon
Program director at OpenHatch
Elizabeth K. Joseph
Systems engineer at HP
Deb Nicholson
Community outreach director at MediaGoblin
Karen Sandler
Executive director, Software Freedom Conservancy

Academic Award

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad
Sophia D’Antoine
Student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Studying Computer Science and Computer System’s Engineering, bachelor’s and master’s degree
Emily Dunham
Oregon State University
Studying computer science
Netha Hussain
Government Medical College, Kozhikode, University of Calicut
Earning a bachelor of medicine and surgery

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