CHAOSSweekly (June 10-14, 2024)

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Congratulations CHAOSS Africa on 2 Years of Awesomeness!

CHAOSS Africa celebrated their 2 year anniversary last week! They’ve accomplished so much in the past 2 years and we are so happy that this chapter has continued to flourish. A tremendous shout-out goes of course, to Ruth Ikegah who is the Regional Lead for the chapter and who has been the primary driver for this work. There is a blog post in the works, which will outline all the amazing progress this chapter has achieved, so stay tuned. We are incredibly grateful for all those who continue to make CHAOSS and CHAOSS Africa a welcoming and wonderful place to be!

Upcoming CHAOSS Meetings Cancellations

In honor of the June 19 US Holiday, the following CHAOSS meetings will be canceled: 

  • DEI Working Group 
  • Data Science Working Group

Meetings will resume as scheduled on June 20.


Looking for Podcast Questions and Ideas for CHAOSScast

Alice Sowerby and the CHAOSScast team would love to hear your questions, comments, and ideas for new episodes of CHAOSScast! Feel free to send an email to with your thoughts. 

CHAOSScast Episode 86: Chat with the Turing Institute: Using AI Ethically with the Power of Open Source 

The lastest episode of CHAOSScast features hosts Alice Sowerby and Dawn Foster and guests Aida Mehonic, Kirstie Whittaker, and Malvika Sharan from the Alan Turing Institute. The discussion was centered around data science and AI and how open source in particular can have an impact on the ethics, accessibility and impact of artificial intelligence. The group also discusses community building, AI ethics, research, and projects like The Turing Way. This is a fantastic episode that you won’t want to miss, especially if you have an interest in AI and the future implications. You can listen here:

Reminder: CHAOTIC of the Week Nomination Form

Have you noticed a fellow CHAOTIC doing something amazing for CHAOSS? Has there been someone who is going above and beyond? If you’d like to nominate them for CHAOTIC of the Week, now you can! With our CHAOTIC of the Week feature, we like to celebrate their contributions to CHAOSS and enable our whole community to get to know them a little better. It’s a great way to show appreciation for our fellow CHAOTICs so don’t hesitate to nominate someone here.

CHAOTIC of the Week: Peculiar Umeh!

Please join us in celebrating our CHAOTIC of the Week: Peculiar Umeh!

A little about Peculiar:

Peculiar is an open-source advocate, mobile developer, and project manager. With a strong passion for project/program management, I excel in developer education, training, and mentoring new contributors. A Google Certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master.  I continually hone my skills when not engaged in open-source initiatives, build projects and mentor others. I enjoy playing volleyball and football with a local team during my free time. Peculiar is open to opportunities and is available for roles as a Project Manager, Software/Agile Project Manager, or Scrum Master.

What Peculiar works on at CHAOSS:

At CHAOSS, I serve as the Project Management Co-chair and the Project Manager for the CHAOSS Education Project. Additionally, I am a DEI event badger and a member of the DEI and Metrics development working groups. In these groups, we collaborate to discuss and develop CHAOSS Metrics through individual contributions. I have contributed to CHAOSS Slackbot and Accessibility projects alongside others. I am also part of the organising team for CHAOSS Africa Disability and Inclusion.

Peculiar’s advice to newcomers to open source:

CHAOSS community is a fantastic environment for learning about open source and personal growth. CHAOTICS are ready to guide you and provide opportunities for leadership and showcasing your skills. If you are new to CHAOSS, take your time to understand how the community operates and don’t hesitate to ask questions about anything unclear. Most importantly, join CHAOSS onboarding meetings with Elizabeth to get you started and join CHAOSS meetings and listen carefully during discussions. Then, find a project to contribute to, we have maintainers and leads ready to assist you. 

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Peculiar joined CHAOSS a little over a year ago and the impact she has made has been remarkable! She is already a leader in the community and a consistent attendee at several of our working group meetings. Peculiar always makes time to greet newcomers to the community and cares deeply about making everyone feel welcome. She has been a constant driver of progress within the CHAOSS community, especially with several of our internal projects. We are incredibly grateful for the many hours Peculiar has spent with CHAOSS and the work she has done here! And on a personal note, it has been lovely to get to know Peculiar and I’m privileged to call her my friend. We are so glad you’re here, Peculiar, and thank you for everything! 

Upcoming Meetings

Unless noted otherwise, all calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link ( and are listed in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, now on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). Regional meetings are tied to regional time zones as noted below. You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Monday Jun 17, 2024
10:00am – 10:50am Augur/8-Knot/Metrics Models Software Stack (US Central/Chicago)

Tuesday Jun 18, 2024
10:00am – 10:50am CHAOSS Newcomer Hangout  (US Central/Chicago)
12:00pm – 12:50pm CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (US Central/Chicago)
2:00pm – 2:50pm CHAOSS App Ecosystem Working Group (US Central/Chicago)

Wednesday Jun 19, 2024
6:00am – 6:50am CHAOSS Africa Design Sync (12:00pm WAT)

Thursday Jun 20, 2024
10:00am – 10:50am CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync (4:00pm WAT)
11:00am – 11:50am CHAOSS Metrics Models Working Group (US Central/Chicago)
12:00pm – 12:50pm CHAOSS Metrics Development Working Group (US Central/Chicago)

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