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Applying Open Source Principles to Increase Access to Medicine

Open source principles lower barriers for researchers to impact human health

Through the Open Source Malaria consortium, high school chemistry students took on the challenge of reproducing Daraprim, an essential medicine according to the World Health Organization. They shared the data they generated and received mentorship from scientists worldwide, successfully recreating the drug within a year.

How to Include People in Tech

Five lessons from open source projects that can be more broadly applied to include people in projects, teams and communities.

Improving diversity in tech won’t happen overnight and can’t start until we include everyone. Andre Arko covers five things he’s seen and experienced over the last six years of working on Bundler. Before jumping in blindly, keep in mind that they may not work for everyone. Pay attention to how tech as a field mistreats underrepresented people and actively work to fix it.

Creating a World Class Website for Nation’s Largest LGBT Event

A website honoring 46 years fighting for LGBT visibility, dignity, and equality that supports the millions of people who attend the SF Pride Celebration

We built that! Using core-model methodology, responsive web design, and agile development, we collaborated with SF Pride to launch an easy-to-update site in time for its 2016 event.

Including People: Why It Matters

While diversity gets a lot of press--in tech in general and in the Ruby community--inclusion is what we need to focus on.

At Cloud City Development, we care a lot about people--treating them humanely, helping them accomplish their goals, and working together to make the field of tech and the world a better place. Andre Arko shares five reasons why including people in tech matters and why everyone, not just marginalized or excluded people must speak up.

How to be an ally

So I titled this “How to be an ally,” but that’s a lie. You can’t be an ally. No one can. Ally-ness isn’t something that you can have intrinsically, any more than you can inherently be kindness, or rudeness. You can do ally actions. So probably a better name for this is How To Do Ally Work. But I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.

An Open Letter to the Tech Community About Diversity and Sexism

This is a difficult blog post to write. At Cloud City Development, we had many conversations about the problems with diversity and sexism in tech, such as women reporting harassment and abuse at tech conferences, online conversations challenging the Ruby culture, and community struggles to make everyone feel welcome, especially marginalized groups. As individuals, employees, and Ruby community members, what is our role in creating the kind of community we want to be in?

Engaging People Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Unlike the 1.6 billion people who have seen “Gangnam Style” on YouTube, a lot fewer have seen the documentary Half the Sky. Even fewer know about the themes the documentary explores: sociocultural barriers and institutional misogyny in the developing world, where girls may be sold into brothels, boys get an education but girls often don’t, and domestic violence is prevalent.

Open Source the Bio Lab—Make a Difference in Malaria Research

Malaria is a disease that most of us are familiar with because of its devastatingly high death toll. According to the CDC, in 2010 an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 655,000 people died — that’s approximately 1,550 people every day. While many groups are valiantly working on treating malaria or searching for a cure, they haven’t been consistently working together, which means many lab experiments are redundant.

Up, Up, and Away — On Apprenticeship

Whether you are a new graduate fresh out of school, or you are in the middle of a career change and enrolled in a program to build new skills, your experience as a student inevitably ties certain words to your name. To name a few, there’s “New Grad,” “Young,” “Potential,” “Promising,” “A Maybe,” “Trainable,” and the dreaded, “Not Enough Experience.”

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TESB-Yoda

"Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind..." - Yoda

Yoda is experienced. Aside from the commitment to fight the darkside, here are four things we look for in the citizens of Cloud City: honesty & communication, openness, The Law of Two Feet, and quality.

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