A month for open source maintainers to gather, share, and be celebrated.See the schedule
Welcome to Maintainer Month!
Open Source runs the world. But who runs open source? Who is there, day by day, to keeping it all running? Open Source project maintainers make the software we use possible. But project maintenance is intense work - and it doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
Maintainer Month is a reminder for the ecosystem to support, celebrate, and compensate open source maintainers.
Maintainer Month is an opportunity for maintainers to gather and share knowledge and experiences. It’s a time to see how other projects are tackling similar problems. And it’s a time to reflect collectively that the challenges faced aren’t all technical, and the burden on maintainers can come with a lack of boundaries, vacations, or emotional support. Whether you’re celebrating contributions to open source, or reflecting on the particular pains of this line of labor, this is a month to come together.
What’s going on during Maintainer Month?
This is an open source initiative to bookmark a month to collectively contemplate open source maintainership, whatever form that takes. Various organizations, projects, and companies will be running activities, events, and distributing resources. Submit a PR to list what you’re planning, so that folks can come participate. Anyone can plan or add something. No-one owns Maintainer Month - it’s for everyone.
How do I get involved?
Posting on social media to thank the maintainers of their favorite open source projects
Recording special podcast episodes
Organizing special-edition open working group meetings
Convening tool-specific maintainer summits
Streaming live on Twitch
Pledging to donate to support Open Source
Upcoming events 2022
We have a full month of activities
Maintainer Month 2023 Advisory Council
- Abigail Cabunoc Mayes, GitHub
- Ana Jimenez, TODO Group
- Duane O’Brien
- Josh Simmons
- Julia Ferraioli, Open Source Stories
- Kara Sowles, GitHub
- Melissa Mendonça, Quansight
- Richard Littauer, Open Source Collective
- Ruth Ikegah, CHAOSS