Maintainers Summit

Python is much more than a programming language. It is a vibrant community made up of individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds. The Maintainers Summit at PyCon US is where the Python community comes together to discuss and foster best practices on how to maintain and develop sustainable projects and thriving communities. Join us to share your thoughts and ideas and learn from your peers!


Friday, April 21st, 2023

2:00 - 2:30pm MDTKeynote by Travis Oliphant (OpenTeams, Quansight) Practical lessons on open source sustainability from Anaconda to OpenTeams and thoughts about the future with examples from NumPy to Nebari


2:30 - 3:30pm MDT – Q&A session with the Summit speakers

Location: Room 253AB, Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Join via Zoom:


Inessa Pawson (NumPy, OpenTeams Incubator, PyLadies SoFlo)

Alexandre de Siqueira (scikit-image)


4:00 - 5:00pm MDT – Roundtable discussions

Location: Room 253AB, Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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Amanda Casari, Calvin Johnson (Google) Open source forests: The case for evolution vs engineered design

Anita Ihuman (Layer5) Non-conventional methods of improving contributor experience in open source

Carina C. Zona (Pantsbuild) Lemons to lemonade: Building successes out of loss

Craig Peters (GitHub) Reducing barriers to contribution to open source with GitHub Codespaces

Leah Wasser (pyOpenSci) Demystifying Python packaging & improving package quality through peer review, documentation, and training

Mariano Reingart (PyAr Assoc., Sistemas Ágiles, Onapsis) PyAfipWs: Sustaining a government services open source project in Argentina for 15+ years

May Ireland (VirtualCoachWorks) Creating a culture of belonging: Emerging themes and a DEI action plan for OSS projects

Pavithra Eswaramoorthy (Bokeh, Nebari, Quansight) and Tania Allard (Quansight Labs, PSF) Community-first open source: An action plan

Ruth Ikegah (Bitergia) Maximizing DEI in open source: Empowering new contributors to succeed

Shauna Gordon-McKeon (Galaxy Rise Consulting) Common governance challenges of open source projects


Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (GitHub, SustainOSS, OpenJS)

Alexandre de Siqueira (scikit-image)

Inessa Pawson (NumPy, OpenTeams Incubator, Contributor Experience Project)

Kara Sowles (GitHub)


All attendees of the Maintainers Summit must adhere to the PyCon US Code of Conduct.


For further details, contact Inessa Pawson (ipawson at