Community Update: March 2023

Thulisile Sibanda

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March came with some ecstatic news for the AsyncAPI community. We welcomed Thulisile Sibanda as our new Community Manager. And to top it all, our beloved community guardian, Lukasz Gornicki stepped up to become the new Executive Director for AsyncAPI. This is such an incredible milestone for the community and we can't wait to see the amazing things to follow in the next few months.

AsyncAPI Conf on Tour 2023

One of our goals this year is to host AACoT, a series of micro-conferences in different locations around the world. We are glad that our first location has been confirmed and we'll be in Madrid on the 18th - 19th of October 2023. Call for speakers will be open soon and we are eagerly waiting to receive your submissions. For more details about other AACoT locations, keep an eye out for this discussion.

Case Studies

We recently added a new case studies section on our website. It showcases real-world production scenarios and how different individuals adopt and integrate our specifications and tools. On this note, we are glad to have our first official case study from Adeo featured on the website. You can read more about it here.

Spec x Tooling

The Modelina website has been merged and if you are interested in generating data models for your payloads, do try it out. Spec 3.0 meetings will now incorporate various discussions and will be the best place to ask about v3, how to use non-JSON schemas within AsyncAPI, and documentation.

Google Summer of Code

As a community, we are always looking for initiatives to drive diversity and bring more people passionate about open-source. In this regard, we applied to GSoC'23. Although our application didn't make it to the final organization selection, we are privileged to participate in GSoC'23 under Postman.

Contributor applications open on the 20th of March and close on the 4th of April. If you are looking to participate we have some exciting AsyncAPI projects and if you want to make your proposal outshine do watch this session for tips.

AsyncAPI Mentorship Program

It's almost a year since we launched our mentorship program; our first cohort of six AsyncAPI Mentorship Program mentees graduated and truly impressed us. Several of them joined our technical steering commitee and became mentors for GSoC. With that being said, we are delighted to share that our second cohort will begin soon after GSoC'23 commences. Keep an eye out on our #mentorship channel for the official announcement.

Ambassador Program

One of our latest additions to the initiatives in the community is the Ambassador's Program. This program is dedicated to fostering collaboration between users and community members. It is a method to promote and nurture community growth. Presently we have a total of 5 AsyncAPI Ambassadors and the best part is, anyone can join the program as long as they meet the requirements. You can read this article for more details.

TSC members

The AsyncAPI TSC has grown exponentially over the last few months. We now have a total of 44 members and a 12% increase in women maintainers so far. Shout out to our newest members, Barbano Gonzalez and Kenneth Aasan we are thrilled to have you.

Coming up in April

We have some exciting things to look forward to in April, for instance:

  • Newsletter - We are launching a monthly AsyncAPI community updates newsletter. This is where we will be keeping you in the loop of the activities happening in the community such as discussions, meetings, and updates. Do subscribe!
  • AsyncAPI Bounty Program - We are launching a trial for the AsyncAPI bounty program. This program is a way to appreciate and support maintainers for the work they are doing to push the initiative forward. You can read all about it in our open discussion on community building/maintenance goals for 2023.
  • Google Season of Docs - After the success of GSoD'22, we are happy AsyncAPI was accepted as a 2023 GSoD participant again this year. If you are a technical writer interested in open-source and improving AsyncAPI's documentation, we'd love to see you apply and fill out the AsyncAPI GSoD technical writer application. Deadline is on the 15th of April.
  • Call for Speakers for AACoT Madrid Edition - Call for Speakers for Madrid will be opening soon. You can expect a keynote from Fran about the history of AsyncAPI Initiative. Bookmark this AACoT Madrid event page, and get ready to submit that talk!

Till next time, keep your head held high. You got this!