About Me

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Justin W. Flory is a creative maker. He is best-known as an open source contributor based in the United States. Since he was 14, Justin has participated in numerous open source communities and led different initiatives to build sustainable software and communities.

Starting in June 2020, Justin joined the UNICEF Office of Innovation as a full-time Open Source Software Technical Advisor. In this role, he supports the UNICEF Innovation Fund and other open source activities within the Office of Innovation. He provides support service and mentorship to cohorts of diverse start-up companies to teams hailing from five continents. At the Innovation Fund, Justin provides hands-on technical mentorship, support services, metrics assessments, and sustainable design for scaling open source communities.

From August 2018 to April 2020, Justin was a leading member of the LibreCorps program of the [email protected] 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 2014. In Fedora, he volunteered as team lead of the Community Operations team for four years and was a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Team. He represented Fedora internationally at events and conferences, including FOSDEM, DevConf CZ, All Things Open, OSCAL, and others.

Fedora Project community meet-up in Tirana, Albania for OSCAL 2017
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!