Mariatta Wijaya, 2019

Last modified by Patrick Masson on 2019/03/17 21:30

Hi all,

About me

My name is Mariatta. I've been a member of OSI for only a year. I work as Platform Engineer at Zapier. Prior to Zapier, I've worked at various companies across Canada for 15 years.

Canada is my adopted country. I moved to Canada from Indonesia in the year 2000. I'm a parent of two little boys, 8 and 6 year olds.


(Above photo was taken by Veronica Hanus during PyCascades 2019 sprint)

Online presence

News articles, interviews, etc:

Open source contributions

I've started contributing and participating in open source, specifically in the Python community since 2016. On January 2017, I was granted the commit privilege to CPython and became a Python core developer.

So far I've contributed to some 70 various repositories, (most of them are probably just fixing typos and opening issues).

I've started my own open source projects, and I've also been invited to help maintain other open source projects.

Open source projects that I've started and I'm really proud of:

  • command line tool for backporting changes in CPython. Several people have contributed to this and made it customizable for other projects. I believe aiohttp and ansible uses cherry_picker now. 
  • miss-islington: a GitHub bot that uses to backport CPython pull requests.
  • blurb-it: a GitHub bot that makes it easier to write news entry for CPython
  • black-out: a GitHub bot that runs black (Python code formatter) on pull requests.
  • talk-talk-talk: I open sourced my conference talk proposals, whether accepted or rejected
  • pytaco, a command line tool that guesstimate how many tacos to order for a meetup.
  • Github Bot Tutorial: I open sourced step by step on how to build GitHub bot with Python
  • enhanced CoC hotline: Open source Code of Conduct Hotline, used at PyCascades 2019. More details about this can be read in this Nexmo Developer Spotlight article.
  • PyLadies Vancouver Organizers guide

Open source projects where I've contributed to and help maintain (beyond fixing typos!):

Conference talks

Complete list can be seen at:

  • 2019: PyCon US and PyCon DE
  • 2018: PyCon US, keynote speakers at North Bay Python and DjangoCon US
  • 2017: PyCaribbean, PyCon Italy, PyCon Australia, PyCon US, DjangoCon Europe and keynote speaker at PyCon Canada
  • 2016: DjangoCon US

Community involvements and volunteer activities

  • PyCascades. In early 2017, myself and several others founded the PyCascades Conference society, a non-profit organization registered in BC, Canada. The purpose was to put out a Python conference in the Pacific Northwest, starting in Vancouver, then Seattle, and then Portland. PyCascades aims not only to grow the and strengthen the Python community in the area, but also to create foster inclusivity and creating a more diverse community. PyCascades started out of nothing other than the shared passion among its core founders. Despite not having any sponsors to begin with, we committed to, and were able to grant 5,700 USD in financial aid, and featured a balanced and diverse speaker lineup. Success of the first year helped established a much better experience in the second year. PyCascades 2019, we continue to strive to be more inclusive. Not only we're able to provide 15,000 USD in financial aid, we're able to provide diversity scholarships to 45 people as well as live-captioning service.
  • PyLadies Vancouver. I’ve been a member of PyLadies Vancouver meetup organizing team since 2016. I help plan some of the events, as well as encouraging and inviting members of the community to participate and speak at our meetups. Fernando Pérez, creator of IPython, spoke at our event in February 2018. Several of our members also became conference speakers, and have spoken at conferences like PyCascades, DjangoCon, and PyCon Canada.
  • Cambie Collective. Since early 2018, myself and several meetup organizers in Vancouver have been collaborating to found a non-profit called Cambie Collective. Our tagline is: “Supporting resilient, inclusive tech and maker communities that empower positive change.” Other members of this initiative: Code and Coffee Vancouver, VanPy, VanJS, and Node School YVR.
  • Mentorship: I've helped as speaker mentor for several conferences, and I'm also open to help newcomers get started contributing to open source, especially those from the underrepresented minority groups. I'm currently helping to organize the mentored sprint at PyCon US, an initiative started by Tania Allard, alongside Nina Zakharenko and Nikoleta Glynatsi.

Why I'm running for the OSI Board of Directors

By being actively involved in the wider open source community such as Open Source Initiative, I hope to learn from and listen to more diverse voices, and share back to the community I was already a part of.

I would like to see better representation from diverse community members in this space. I would like to see diverse community members to actively participate in open source movement, not just as a consumer/user, but as creators.

By being part of the OSI board of Directors, I hope to better understand challenges faced in the wider open source community, and do my part to help improve the community.

What you'll get out of me

I hope that my involvements in open source and the wider Python community and my professional work experience can bring more balance and diverse perspective to the Open Source Initiative.

Even though I've been involved mostly with Python community and have worked with members of Python Software Foundation, I'm participating as an individual and independent member. By participating as an individual, I have the freedom to choose and act without strings attached, yet at the same time I still have freedom of flexibility to give voice to the various community that I belong to.


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