Expands Open Source Programming With Support From craig newmark philanthropies, a global organization for women and non-binary technologists, expands its highly successful annual Open Source Day to provide more inclusive OS programming, supported by a $100,000 grant from craig newmark philanthropies.

San Mateo, California (July 20, 2023)—To extend the success of the annual Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Open Source Day (OSD), announces a pilot program aimed at promoting responsible computing and cultivating a diverse open source community. Supported by a generous $100,000 grant from craig newmark philanthropies, this initiative underscores the commitment to diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Recognizing the importance of inclusive coding and the impact of open source design, Members will actively engage in dialogue and discourse, empowering them to anticipate and mitigate negative environmental, societal, and economic impacts, thus fostering a more equitable and sustainable tech ecosystem. By increasing awareness of inclusive coding and the potential impacts of open source design, this initiative will benefit individual technologists and drive progress towards a more inclusive and innovative tech industry.

“Open source is essential to provide networking opportunities, skill-building exercises, and knowledge sharing,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of “It is crucial that we increase access to open source technology and resources for women and non-binary technologists to advance technology. The goal is to influence an equitable tech ecosystem where women and non-binary technologists can thrive.”

With the generous support from craig newmark philanthropies, the initiative is set to make a significant impact in the tech industry by increasing Black, Latinx, Native, and Pacific Islander (BLNP) participation in open source and supporting historically excluded communities. Women and non-binary technologists will benefit from open source peer-to-peer engagement opportunities to connect, inspire one another, and develop their skills in open source programming. They will also have the opportunity to build their portfolios, find mentors, and gain recognition for their contributions to the field. The open source online community and programs will offer inclusive opportunities that promote gender and intersectional parity in open source programming across the globe. This partnership between craig newmark philanthropies and underscores their shared vision for a future where technology is developed with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and responsible computing, creating new opportunities for all.

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At, a global nonprofit organization, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women and non-binary individuals in technical fields, as well as organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative.

Our social enterprise supports women in technical fields, the organizations that employ them, and the academic institutions that train future generations. A full roster of programs helps women grow, learn, and develop their highest potential.

About craig newmark philanthropies
Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist, and leading advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. In 2016, he founded craig newmark philanthropies to help and protect the people who protect our country. At its core, all of Newmark’s philanthropic work helps to strengthen American democracy by supporting the values that the country aspires to – fairness, opportunity, and respect. For more information, please visit: Craig can be found sharing his personal perspective on the issues of the day at @craignewmark.

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