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Open by Design: Learning to Lead Openly

Keynote SeaGL 2019

Free/libre and open source software has unlocked countless digital innovations. At the same time, we’ve seen these projects struggle to be sustainable, secure and inclusive.

In her talk, Abby will explore how the principles of open leadership —understandable, extensible, participatory— provide a necessary base to solve the toughest problems we face today. We’ll apply lessons from mentoring over 500 open projects to how we can intentionally design our projects to be open.


Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (@abbycabs) is the Working Open Practice Lead at the Mozilla Foundation. Abby mobilizes leaders in the internet health movement through mentorship and training on open practices and open source. Before this, she was Lead Developer of the Mozilla Science Lab, transforming science on the web.

Prior to joining Mozilla, Abby worked as a bioinformatics software developer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and at Michigan State University where she applied open source and to research problems. With a background in open source and community organizing, she is fueling a culture of openness in research and innovation.

Named in “100 awesome women in open source” by source{d}. Editor Emeritus, the Journal of Open Source Software.