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October 4, 2021

S1 E13: The Intersection of Technology, Activism, & Open Source w/ Zoë Knox

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October 4, 2021
Margo McCabe
Head of DevRel & Partnerships at HarperDB

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In episode 13, we chat with Zoë Knox, an Open Sourceress and Head of Engineering at OpenNMS, about the intersection between technology and activism. Zoë talks about how tech can connect people across the world, shares tips for devs working to get to a similar place, and talks a bit about her hacking / side projects (hint: imagine a fully open source operating system that's Mac compatible). We also discuss distributed systems, and even touch a bit on parenting in the modern world!

"Technology is not good or evil, it's just a tool. How we use it is what matters." -Zoë

A veteran of software development and management, Zoë Knox is currently the head of engineering at The OpenNMS Group (, principal developer of airyxOS (, and an LGBTQ+ rights activist. She is passionate about open source, privacy, human rights, and the ability of technology to improve the world. Zoë lives with her family in Ottawa, Canada.

Find Zoë on Twitter: @thatzoek

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