Justin W. Flory

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Who am I

Hello and welcome to my homepage! My name is Justin W. Flory (he/him). I am originally from the United States.

I am an Open Source contributor and Free Culture advocate. I participate in Free and Open Source technology communities since 2013. Generally, I focus my Open Source time towards digital infrastructure projects, humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (H.F.O.S.S.), industry communities of practice, and the Linux developer ecosystem.

Fedora Project

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I am a contributor to Fedora Linux since August 2015. Fedora Linux is a Digital Public Good created by the Fedora Project Community (see recognition).

Current volunteering in Fedora

Here is a list of the things I am currently doing in Fedora (see Fedora Linux release history):

Past volunteering in Fedora

I have done more in the Fedora Project over the years. I served in the following positions previously (see Fedora Linux release history):

UNICEF

Open Source Technical Advisor, Office of Innovation

From June 2020 to September 2022, I was the first Open Source Technical Advisor at the UNICEF Office of Innovation.

There, I supported UNICEF Venture Fund startup companies in launching Open Source products, one of the requirements to receive funding from UNICEF. In all, I mentored 23 companies from 19 countries on community strategies for their Open Source products. Of those, fourteen achieved global recognition as Digital Public Goods and three were acquired in multi-million dollar acquisitions. Additionally, I also designed a fixed-term Open Source community mentoring program for startup companies and developer communities that later expanded to Technical Assistance programs for software development and data science & A.I.

UNICEF MagicBox, Office of Innovation

From January to May 2018, I was the first, full-time co-op placement to work exclusively on Open Source community for UNICEF Office of Innovation. I was mentored by Mel Chua and Stephen Jacobs as part of the Project in FOSS Development (IGME-585) course at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

I supported MagicBox, a geospatial data project connecting unrelated datasets into actionable feedback for local governments and municipalities. I improved Open Source best practices to enable continuous integration, agile development practices, and created a 12 month Open Source community roadmap. There, I worked together with UNICEF personnel and Red Hat Open Innovations Lab on MagicBox. This was an engagement highlighted by Jim Whitehurst, former President of I.B.M. and Red Hat C.E.O., during his Red Hat Summit 2018 keynote.

[email protected]

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In September 2020, I joined the [email protected] Advisory Board. [email protected] is a Key Research Center of the Rochester Institute of Technology and serves as the Open Source Programs Office for RIT. Its goals are to discover and grow RIT’s impact on all things Open including, but not limited to, Open Source Software, Open Data, Open Hardware, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons-licensed efforts. Otherwise what we like to refer to in aggregate as Open Work.

The Advisory Board provides me an opportunity to contribute back to many programs and initiatives I participated with during my undergraduate degree:

RIT LibreCorps

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From August 2018 to April 2020, I was a leading member of the LibreCorps program of the [email protected] initiative at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

From 2018-2020, RIT LibreCorps collaborated with the UNICEF Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle to quickly assess, fund and grow open-source solutions that have been developed in new and emerging markets. I provided expertise and mentorship for developing sustainable communities around open source projects for RIT LibreCorps partners like the Innovation Fund. In 2019, I led multiple half-day workshops together with Prof. Stephen Jacobs for UNICEF’s Innovation Fund to introduce over 20 international start-up teams to the Open Source way. You can read more about this work on Opensource.com: LibreCorps mentors humanitarian startups on how to run the open source way.

TeleIRC

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From 2016 to May 2020, I was a core committer and stand-in project manager for the TeleIRC project. TeleIRC is a Telegram <=> IRC bridge written in Go to bridge chat rooms between any IRC channel and Telegram group. Read through past community updates on my blog.

SpigotMC

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From April 2014 to October 2016, I was a community moderator and staff member of the open source SpigotMC project.

There, I handled user reports for a community forum with over 400,000 registered members. I also replied to support emails and directly worked with users to solve problems. I was a co-conspirator for Spigot’s event planning for the annual Minecraft convention, MINECON, in London 2015 and Anaheim 2016. This is one of the most unique communities I have worked in, as the Spigot Community is a population of hundreds of thousands with an age demographic concentrated between ages 13-25.