A one day conversation for Open Source Software sustainers

No keynotes, expo halls or talks. Only discussions about how to get more resources to support digital infrastructure.


A guided discussion about getting and distributing money or services to the Open Source community. The conversation will be facilitated by Gunner from AspirationTech.


A sustainer is someone who evangelizes and passionately advocates for the needs of open source contributors.

They educate the public through blog posts, talks & social media about the digital infrastructure that they use everyday and for the most part, take for granted.

They convince the companies that they work for to donate money, infrastructure, goods and/or services to the community at large. They also talk to the companies that they don’t work for about the benefits sustaining open source for the future.


  • Slack #sustain
  • Twitter @sustainoss
  • GitHub


We welcome everyone who wants to contribute to this conversation. Email us [email protected] if the ticket doesn't fit your budget.

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48 people going - 10 interested

Gregory Bloom
I lead the Open Referral Initiative [] and practice cooperative development.
Ben Werdmuller
Invests in startups creating a more informed, inclusive & empathetic society at
Christie Koehler
Rebecca Turner
npm cli tech lead, reflexive programmer
Adam Stacoviak
Xinjiang Shao
Lou Huang
Executive Director, Streetmix Foundation / UI Engineer + Project Lead, Mapzen
Penny Yao
Kyle Shay
Destiny Item Manager /// LinkedIn
roman globys07
Tracy Hinds
Node Foundation Education Community CatHerder, Web Engineer, co-founder at GatherScript. Fighting small revolutions(trouble!). Inciting confidence in folks one compliment at a time.
Dave Lester
Open Source at Apple
James J. Womack
Myles Borins
Josh Greenberg
Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Kelsey Breseman
Steering Committee Member, Tessel. Founder, Engineer, speaker, traveler, writer, community creator.
Christopher Neugebauer
Michael Downey
Director of Community, Digital Impact Alliance at United Nations Foundation
Steven Phillips
Carol Willing
Jupyter and Python Software Foundation
Blaine Bublitz
Sue-Ann Ma
product manager at nonprofit looking to leverage open source technology for good (and still be financially self-sustainable)
Andrei Kalachev
I'm postgraduate student at Penza State University. Do research: verification, SMV, automatization, robots. Professional skills: nxtSTUDIO, CODESYS, SWI-Prolog, ROS, web-programming, C++, PHP, yii2, java, autotests, selenium, jmeter, postman, SoapUI.
Mike Dolan
I help communities collaborate
Josh Simmons
Google Open Source and Open Source Initiative
Will Norris
Open Source at Google
Betsy Waliszewski
Alana Post
Product person!
Kristen Yawitz
Fundraising/Comms @ HURIDOCS
jakehschwartz Schwartz
Cofounder, Open Collective.
Michael Downey
Director of Community, Digital Impact Alliance at United Nations Foundation
Dave Gandy
I make Font Awesome.
eric Holscher
Jay Graber
developer in cryptocurrency world, former tech activist, prober of possibilities.
denis akhiyarov
Kris Borchers
Nadia Eghbal
arik Fraimovich
Nick Johnson
basic open source generalist
David Baldwin
Opensource hardware and software hacker
Alolita Sharma
Software Engineer, Open Source, Language Technologies, Enabling Access for All
Gregor Martynus
Andrew Nesbitt
Andrew is a freelance software developer, based in Somerset, UK. He spends most of his days programming in Ruby, contributing to open source projects and organising local developer user groups. He is also the founder of Dependency CI and
Jim Jagielski
Open Source Luminary
VM Brasseur
Nithya Ruff
It is our duty to sustain work we all benefit from.
Jade Wang
Cloudflare, Sandstorm, Cap'n Proto, Meteor, neuroscientist by training, musician and martial artist for life.
gkiar07 Kiar
Havi Hoffman
Richard Littauer
Open source maintainer, sailor, poet
Justin Dorfman
Open Source Sustainer, Maintainer,  Contributor
Xavier Damman
Entrepreneur sharing ideas in copyleft
We help companies and others pay for open source.
Pia Mancini
Chris Aniszczyk
Dan Kohn
Brandon Keepers