About Me

Justin W. Flory is a creative maker. He is best known as an open source contributor and Free Culture advocate originally from the United States. Justin has participated in numerous open source communities and led different initiatives to build sustainable software and communities for nearly ten years.

In June 2020, Justin joined the UNICEF Office of Innovation as their Open Source Technical Advisor. In this role, he supports the UNICEF Venture Fund and other open source activities within the Office of Innovation. He supports and mentors cohorts of diverse start-up companies from five continents. At the Venture Fund, Justin provides hands-on technical mentorship, support and mentorship, metrics assessments, and guidance on sustainability for growing open source communities.

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From August 2018 to April 2020, Justin was a leading member of the LibreCorps program of the FOSS@MAGIC initiative at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was the first, full-time co-op placement to work exclusively on community issues for UNICEF Office of Innovation from January to May 2018. This was work he did in concert with UNICEF personnel and Red Hat Open Innovations Lab on UNICEF’s MagicBox effort. This was an engagement highlighted by Jim Whitehurst, former Red Hat CEO and President of IBM, during one of his Red Hat Summit keynote showcases at Red Hat Summit in 2018. Since then, Justin led half-day workshops for UNICEF’s Innovation Fund to introduce numerous international start-up teams to the Open Source way.

Additionally, he is a proud alum of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Networking & Systems Administration and double-minor in Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Go Tigers!

Justin is also a contributor to the Fedora Project since 2015. In Fedora, he volunteered as the team leader of the Community Operations team for four years and was a founding member of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team. He represented Fedora internationally at events and conferences, including FOSDEM, DevConf CZ, All Things Open, OSCAL, and others.

Fedora community meet-up for OSCAL 2017

Justin also participates in other open source communities. Previously he was a staff member of the SpigotMC project and community moderator for Opensource.com. He also occasionally contributes to MusicBrainz.

Additionally, Justin is an avid traveler and always tries to learn something new from the places he visits and the people he meets. He is a music and coffee enthusiast!