Presented by

  • Karen Sandler

    Karen Sandler

    Karen M. Sandler is an attorney and the executive director of Software Freedom Conservancy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on ethical technology. As a patient deeply concerned with the technology in her own body, Karen is known as a cyborg lawyer for her advocacy for free software as a life-or-death issue, particularly in relation to the software on medical devices. She co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for people who face under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in tech. She is an adjunct Lecturer-In-Law of Columbia Law School and a visiting scholar at University of California Santa Cruz. Prior to joining Software Freedom Conservancy, Karen was the executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she was the general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. She began her career as a lawyer at Clifford Chance and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Karen received her law degree from Columbia Law School where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. She also holds a bachelor of science in engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Sandler has won awards for her work on behalf of software freedom, including the O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2011. She received an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2023.

  • Anna e só

    Anna e só

    Anna e só is one of the cool folks organizing Outreachy, a program that provides internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living. They wear many hats, but their main focus is studying, designing, implementing, and documenting organizational processes and information systems. Over the last couple of years, Anna has worked with (and learned from) the Wikimedia community, two Brazilian federal university laboratories (MediaLab/UFG, LAPPIS/UnB), and Open Collective. They take pride in offering open projects a unique point of view.

  • Sage Sharp

    Sage Sharp

    Sage Sharp is the Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Software Freedom Conservancy. Sage runs Conservancy's diversity initiative, Outreachy. Outreachy provides internships in open source and open science. Outreachy provides internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living. Sage has been a free software contributor since 2007. Sage is known for their past work as the author and maintainer of the Linux kernel USB 3.0 driver. Today, Sage is involved in the Python community, and works as a Django web developer for the Outreachy website. Sage founded their own company, Otter Tech, to provide Code of Conduct enforcement workshops. Sage has trained Code of Conduct teams for open source communities like Kubernetes, GNOME, Python, Drupal, WordPress, OpenStreetMap, Elastic, and Symfony.


This keynote celebrates an important milestone 13 years in the making: Outreachy surpassed 1000 interns with its current round of internships! To deliver the celebratory keynote, some of the members of the Outreachy organizers (Anna e só, Karen Sandler and Sage Sharp) will be on stage to reflect on the program's evolution, its successes and the people who have made it possible. We invite all FOSSY attendees to come to the keynote session to celebrate with us!


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