The central focus of my life has always been around bringing people together and building community. Open source is where I found a home for that drive to connect.

Diagnosed at 23 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition affecting the connective tissue in my body, I've spent most of my life working with chronic pain, joint instability and fatigue.

As a practicing Buddhist for 12+ years and working towards ordination in the Triratna Buddhist Order, Buddhism has a central place in my life and informs every area of my life.

Learning how to train with a physical disability and exploring ways to push myself without injuries or flare-ups has been quite a challenge. I just completed my first ultramarathon!

Hello, I'm Ruth! Here's a bit about me ...

Hello, I'm Ruth!

Open source advocate

Long term user and contributor to open source projects, I'm currently working full-time at Acquia as Project Lead for Mautic


Public speaker

Speaking regularly at events around the world on a range of topics from open source to living an active life with a disability and my unconventional path to a career in tech.


Board member

Proud to be a trustee of Breathworks, helping people around the world living with pain and suffering.


Aspiring Bodhisattva

Practicing Buddhist for 12+ years within the Triratna Buddhist Community and training for ordination.


EDS Warrior

Living a full and active life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, including a slight obsession with ultramarathon endurance running.


Events

Next up on the travel itinerary:
I am very fortunate that my work often allows me to meet amazing people from all over the world to collaborate on and improve open source projects and communities. Here's some of the upcoming events I'll be attending.
  • Mautic Conference India 2024, Pune, India 17-18 February 2024
  • FOSS Backstage, Berlin, Germany 4-5 March 2024

Community Blog articles

Community Management
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Saying thank you is a great way to recognise and appreciate the time people have spent making a...
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Often as an Open Source project grows there becomes a need to allocate funding resources to...
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With any Open Source project, once you have an established logo and brand you want a way to get...
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 With the way things are going it is more likely than not that event organisers are going to have...

Health and Fitness Blog articles

Health & Fitness
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Yesterday I shared on my Instagram feed about having to switch all my training over to bike-based...
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In my job I have the great privilege of travelling quite a bit, sometimes long distance. Today I’m...
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This weekend after a culmination of nearly a year's training, I completed my first ever marathon -...
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During my training for Endure24 I started to pick up small but frustrating problems with my body -...

Mautic Articles

Mautic
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Ever felt like you're at the foot of Everest when you decide to create a huge project or a...
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Another quarter of significant change in the Mautic project, we've lots going on in many different...
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Another busy quarter has flown past, here’s a round-up of what’s been happening in the community!
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Like many Brits, English is the only language I speak fluently. I speak schoolgirl French, a bit...