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Friday, September 6 • 4:40pm - 4:45pm
Let's talk about a MERL Open Source Marketplace

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GitHub is the world's largest host of the open source ecosystem - from software, to data, to frameworks, to methodologies and beyond. Despite the importance of open source to the MERL community, overall adoption is not as high as it could be. As a result, too much MERL data is gathering dust in insecure spreadsheets, impossible to use cross-platform, or stuck in proprietary software with no way out.

Our research shows one of the biggest challenges to increasing adoption among most non-techy communities is they simply don’t have a central place to “buy” or even browse open source tools in an intuitive manner. In this lightning talk, Mala will present GitHub’s MERL Tech marketplace idea to take on that challenge and help the MERL tech community find open source solutions to do their work better.

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Mala Kumar

Director, Tech for Social Good, GitHub
Mala Kumar is a UX researcher and designer, and has worked on social good projects globally for the private sector, the United Nations, INGOs and non-profits in both English and French. I founded and currently lead the Tech for Social Good program at GitHub in the Social Impact t... Read More →

Friday September 6, 2019 4:40pm - 4:45pm EDT
Academy Hall FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC
  Emerging Approaches, Lightning Talk
  • session type Plenary Talk