We value OSS development, and seek to provide developers with the funding, tools, experience, culture, and promotion necessary for running a successful OSS project.
We value Canadian technical culture, and seek to improve it by mentoring local developers, bringing external developers to Canada to work on OSS projects, making Canadian cities destinations for doing technical work, and promoting OSS projects from Canada.
We value openness, and seek to exemplify that quality through open decision making, financial transparency, and open sourcing the tools and processes we create so others can clone this model.
We value sustainability, and seek to build a foundation that is fiscally sustainable in order to maximize our impact locally, regionally and globally.
We are planning a first cohort for six developers, each working on a separate OSS project, together in the same physical space, with their costs of living covered during the duration.
The developer space will also host our mentors, facilitators, and teachers, who will guide the developers through the process of building a successful and sustainable OSS project, by filling in any missing pieces in their knowledge.
We plan to launch the application process in 2020, and to begin the first cohort during the spring, with the second cohort beginning in the 2020 summer. The alumni of the first cohort will be involved in the application, selection, and mentoring processes for the next cohort, adding to our organizational strength with each passing quarter.
Our immediate ask is for partners who will sponsor a developer for the first cohort. Estimated cost of living is $4,000 per month, which is $12,000 per developer for one three month cohort. We have space for six of these, and the first sponsors will earn a permanent place in our foundation’s history.
Over the longer term we seek renewable sources of funding, including long-term grants and sponsoring relationships with companies that want to continue to support OSS tool development, building a hiring pipeline for companies that want to support our graduates in doing OSS development internally, and offering open source tools as services and products.