Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Developer, speaker, writer, podcaster, and big-time open source troublemaker.

In 2014, I invented the CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md that you see in almost every open source repository.

I'm an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, activist, and engineer with over 25 years of professional experience in technology. I work diligently to promote diversity, equity, and justice in open source communities and the tech industry as a whole.

I'm best known as the creator of Contributor Covenant, the first and most popular code of conduct for open source communities. It's been adopted by over 40,000 projects including Linux, Golang, JRuby, Swift, F#, Rails, and the open source portfolios of organizations including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and Intel.

I was recognized for my work in the Ruby community with a Ruby Hero Award in 2016.

In 2018 I addressed the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights on the topic of human rights abuses by technology companies.

In 2019 I created the Hippocratic License, an Ethical Source license prohibiting the use of open source in conjunction with human rights violations. I also founded the Ethical Source Movement, an organization empowering open source developers who want to ensure that their work is used for social good and in service of human rights.

If you appreciate my work, please consider supporting me on Patreon or Open Collective.

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