Yaw Anokwa (@yanokwa)
What contributions (e.g., issue triage, tech support, documentation, bug fixes) have you made to the ODK community?
Over the last year, I've personally contributed to many of the widely-used ODK tools and docs, maintained much of the infrastructure the project runs on, done much of the project's marketing, successfully sought funding for organizations on the TSC, and served as chair of the Project Management Committee. Further, Nafundi, a company I run, has committed most of its organizational resources to making meaningful improvements to Collect, Aggregate, Central Build, XLSForm, and JavaRosa.
How do you believe your contributions have benefited ODK?
I think my efforts and those of my team at Nafundi have led to higher quality (more features, less crashes) software and a healthier community. Numbers don't always tell the story, but over the last year, we've seen a doubling of users of ODK Collect and a doubling of members of the ODK forum.
What do you believe the top priorities for ODK are?
We have made huge strides in the quality of the software we ship and the process we use to ship software. We must certainly keep that momentum going, but I think a greater priority is to find and incentivize organizations and people who can make consistent and deep contributions to the project. This isn't traditionally what a Technical Steering Committee is called on to do, but I believe it's what we must do to ensure ODK can sustainably solve our user's problems.
How will you help the ODK community accomplish those priorities?
I strongly believe that the best way to "steer" a project is to "row". I will continue to work with my colleagues on the TSC to identify problems, set priorities, propose solutions, find resources, and generally get things done.
How many hours a week can you commit to participating on the TSC?
What other mobile data collection projects, social good projects, or open source projects are you involved with?
I spend a lot of my time on ODK-related deployments and customizations. Much of this work is contributed back to the core and community.
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