Saturday 10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

How We Changed The World With Open Source

Ed Finkler

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In June 2012, podcaster and vet web dev Ed Finkler spoke openly about his lifelong struggles with mental illness. 4 years later, a non-profit corporation with 3 dozen volunteers is working to change the tech and open source community. In this talk, Finkler tells the story of how the episode happened, the incredible response, and how it grew into a charity dedicated to changing an industry.



  • This is a talk about Grumpy (Chris Hartjes) and Funky (Ed Finkler)
  • Podcast on June 18, 2012
    • Enormous Reaction
    • What do we do with this
  • February 15, 2013
    • Fundraiser: "Open Sourcing Mental Illness"
    • First talk in May 2015 at php|tek Unconf
    • 8 talks in 2013
  • 2014
    • 14 talks
    • “I see the problem; how do I fix it?”
    • Mental Health In Tech Survey
  • 2015
    • Fundraiser in June
    • 12 talks
    • Handbooks and help from volunteers
  • 2016
    • Fundraiser in June
    • 14 talks
    • 13 Volunteers
    • Formed a non-profit corp in Indiana
    • Granted 501(c)(3) status 3 weeks after filing
    • E-books of handbooks
    • New 2016 survey
    • Took over OSMI Forums
    • Creating video presentation
  • Why “Open Source?”
    • “Where’s the code? herp derp”
    • Open source culture, open source community, is not about code
    • It’s about learning and sharing together
    • It’s about growing together
    • It’s about open arms and open minds
    • An open hand to help the next person pull themselves up
    • Nothing I have ever done felt as good as helping other people
    • None of this happens without Grumpy (Chris Hartjes)
  • We make the world we live in
  • We have great power and influence in the lives around us
  • What world will you make?