Serah Njambi Rono
Hi there! My name is Serah Njambi Rono, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a computer scientist and a writer. I am currently embedded in tech and communities work at carpentries.org, and have served as a technologist and Developer Advocate in the Open Data, Open Source, Open Science space for more than 8 years now. My experience and interests revolve around (i)all things open source, (ii)listening to, working with and empowering communities, (iii)developing and implementing strategies both for various technical projects, and around community building, outreach and the sustainability of existing, mature communities. I am lucky enough to devote my time and energy to work that serves as a precursor to propelling change across communities in different areas of work and domains of expertise - from designing programs and initiatives to support open communities, and contributing to resources that bring communities together to learn and share computational and data science skills, to organising community conferences like csvconf.com, 2020.CarpentryCon.org and aspects of SciPy 2019 and 2020, alongside other people. Often, the outcome of work I have collaborated with others on has been a spark in community conversations, contributions and adoptions on different subjects, increased opportunity for community leadership and participation, and pockets of knowledge transfer. I strongly believe that, until all communities are at par in terms of access to resources and empowerment by information that open source initiatives make available, there is more to learn and do. Happy days!