Open source, once radical, is now mainstream and it is everywhere–which is amazing. Even more amazing? The people, the open source maintainers, who write and manage the software that makes the modern world go ‘round. Yet their work is often poorly compensated and taken for granted.
Thankfully, this is changing.
Over the past few years, Tidelift has been leading the movement to ensure open source maintainers get paid for their work.
Now, along with our friends at GitHub, we have decided to declare this June 7-12 Maintainer Week.
During this week, and in the weeks leading up to it, we’ll be hosting a series of activities celebrating the important work of open source maintainers, and highlighting some of the everyday heroes in our midst.
On Monday, June 7, Tidelift will kick off Maintainer Week with a new one-day virtual event called Upstream.
Upstream will bring together developers, open source maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work.
Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 8-9, GitHub will be hosting its first Global Maintainer Summit. The Global Maintainer Summit is a virtual gathering connecting the maintainers who make open source possible with each other.
In the coming months as we get closer to Maintainer Week, Tidelift will also be featuring highlights of its first open source maintainer survey, which collected the thoughts, ideas, and experiences of almost 500 maintainers. You can sign up to be alerted when the results are ready here.
All are welcome to participate in Maintainer Week, and add their own events and celebrations to the schedule here.
We look forward to spending this week in June uplifting open source maintainers with you!