Red Hat announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award winners
Two women were recognized for their work in the open source community: Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS) movement, and Zui Dighe, a Duke University student. Lewis has been an open source contributor for more than four years, and it started after becoming frustrated by her diabetes device which wouldn’t let her access her blood glucose data in real time and the continuous glucose monitor designed to alert her when her blood sugar dropped was not loud enough to wake her up at night. She then became the founder of the OpenAPS movement and creator of the DIY Artificial Pancreas System. OpenAPS is an open and transparent effort aimed at making safe and effective basic Artificial Pancreas System (APS) technology available to help improve and save lives and reduce the burden of Type 1 diabetes. Dighe, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and computer science, has been an open source contributor for two years. She is a primary collaborator on an open source system that tracks vaccine temperatures and GPS locations as they enter developing nations using an Arduino-based device. Above, from left: Red Hat’s Denise Dumas, vp of platform engineering, Dighe, Lewis, and Red Hat’s Delisa Alexander, executive vp and chief people officer.