The Google Open Source Peer Bonus rewards external open source contributors nominated by Googlers for their exceptional contributions to open source. Historically, the program was primarily focused on rewarding developers. Over the years the program has evolved—rewarding not just software engineers but all types of contributors—including technical writers, user experience and graphic designers, community managers and marketers, mentors and educators, ops and security experts.
In support of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives worldwide, we had decided to devote this cycle to amazing women in open source, especially since it coincided with celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. We are very excited and pleased to share the following statistics with you.
We have 56 winners this cycle representing 17 countries all over the world: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Even though the cycle was open to ALL contributors, the number of female nominees went up from 8% to 25% in comparison to the previous cycle. That’s an amazing number celebrating amazing women!
Also, we are very pleased to see the number of docs contributors increase from 7% to 15%. Documentation is the #1 factor for project adoption, so this shift is very important and encouraging. To strengthen this trend and emphasize the importance of documentation in open source, the next cycle will be devoted (but not limited!) to docs contributors.
Below is the list of current winners who gave us permission to thank them publicly:
Congratulations to our winners! We look forward to your continued support and contributions to open source!
By Maria Tabak, Google Open Source