Funding OSS: Clojurists Together, with Daniel Compton

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In May we're very excited to host Daniel Compton, who many of us know as an incredibly prolific contributor to the Clojure ecosystem via his work on re-frame, Sente and Kibit, to name just a few. Daniel will speak about Clojurists Together, OSS funding and sustainability.

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The Clojure ecosystem from the language up is built on open source software. Open Source Software (OSS) has created enormous value for individuals and businesses using Clojure. However the creators of that software don’t always capture much of that value, and can end up tired, burnt out, or quitting the project entirely.

Clojurists Together is an organisation created to help support and grow critical open source Clojure software. This talk will discuss the wider history of funding OSS and some current funding mechanisms. It will also look at what Clojurists Together has learnt serving the Clojure community, the unique roles that businesses and individuals have to play in sustaining the Clojure ecosystem, and some future directions for funding OSS that we think are promising.

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Daniel Compton is a software engineer living in Morrinsville New Zealand. He has been involved in the Clojure community since 2014, working on a number of open source projects including Kibit, re-frame, and re-frame-10x. He is the project leader of Clojurists Together (https://www.clojuriststogether.org), a community organisation dedicated to funding critical Clojure open source software. He also publishes The REPL (https://www.therepl.net), a newsletter and podcast about Clojure. He is engineer #1 at The Falcon Project (https://www.falconproj.com), a stealth startup. Prior to that he worked at Day8 (https://www.day8.com.au) building systems in Clojure and ClojureScript.