Know a rising open source star? Nominate her for a WISE Award

You've got 'til 9am Friday

Christine Flounders, Regional Manager for Engineering at Bloomberg L.P. London tells us about an amazing open (source) opportunity for women – the WISE International Open Source Award.

If you know a brilliant woman in open source, nominate her by 9am this Friday, the 15th of July. Here’s Christine to tell you more.

Open source software is part of our everyday lives. From the Android smartphone in your pocket, to our own platform, the Bloomberg Professional, which is powering global financial markets – open source software is behind some of the world’s most popular and critical applications.

There are numerous benefits of open source software. By having a large community of individuals work together, enhancements can be developed faster, bugs spotted sooner and more secure systems can be developed.

Yet these critical tools, frameworks and systems are generally being built by teams that are even less diverse than typical corporate software development teams. And as technology companies are increasingly looking for candidates with open source experience to fill top roles fewer women are part of this pool.

This is not just about making the workforce more diverse for equality’s sake. There is a strong business case too. I have seen first-hand how development teams that approach problems from different perspectives are more successful at spotting issues, tackling challenges, innovating and securing opportunities. And for many businesses, successful products and services need to solve problems experienced by a diverse user base.

Addressing diversity in open source is critical to creating a more diverse technology industry as a whole. That is why Bloomberg is sponsoring the WISE International Open Source Award – to recognise those women who are already leaders in open source software projects, and to inspire others to join them.

We are looking for women who have had a meaningful impact in an open source software project. We also want to hear from women who have been visible contributors to their project in order to inspire others to get involved.

The deadline for entries is 9.00am Friday 15th July 2016. Find out more and nominate someone on the website. Rock on!