The Annual Open Source grant

Spring has come and gone, and it is time for us to announce our grant recipients for 2019.

If you're not familiar with our Annual Open Source grant program, you can read the post for our initial grant here

Grant recipients for 2019

For 2019, we have allocated USD2000 to be distributed to open source projects that the engineering team has chosen. A total of around USD1980 was managed to be disbursed to projects from that amount.


We have donated USD350.00 for Fabric through the donation page of its maintainer Jeff Forcier

Fabric is a high-level Python (2.7, 3.4+) library designed to execute shell commands remotely over SSH. We use Fabric extensively for our deployment script.

Fabric donation


We donated JPY30,000 to tk0miya who is currently the main maintainer for Sphinx.

Sphinx is a tool that makes it easy to create intelligent and beautiful documentation. Originating from Python community, it usage now has expanded to various other projects as well. We use it to generate our API docs which proved to be quite helpful.

Sphinx donation


We have donated USD350.00 to Jakub Roztočil who is maintaining the project.

HTTPie consists of a single http command designed for painless debugging and interaction with HTTP servers, RESTful APIs, and web services. Our developers use it extensively to test our API endpoints and also for various other troubleshooting related to HTTP connections.

httpie donation


We have contributed USD250.00 through Justin Mayer for the Pelican Dev Team who is maintaining the project.

We use Pelican for this blog: Its ease of use without requiring any database and server side-logic reduces maintenance resources

Pelican donation

Django Software Foundation (DSF)

Finally, we have also donated a total of USD750.00 to the Django Software Foundation

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. We have been using Django since our start and after more than a decade, it proved to be a practical framework that continues to evolved and provide a solid foundation for any web development project.

DSF donation DSF donation

Other projects we would like to contribute to, but couldn't

There were a few more projects that the team would like to contribute too but unfortunately, they couldn't find an explicit donation channel from their websites or no response from their maintainers.

Among them are:

  • django-queue
  • SwitchIO
  • django-nose
  • nose
  • mysqlclient
  • baker

You can also check out our 2020 Open Source grant recipients here

P.S: Thank you to Beth Kanter for the open source your love thumbnail.

Iqbal Abdullah

Iqbal Abdullah


Iqbal came to Japan in 1997, and graduated from the Engineering faculty of Saga University. After working through companies like Yahoo! Japan and Amazon, Iqbal founded MARIMORE Inc. in 2007 which was the previous version of Xoxzo Inc. CEO of LaLoka Labs LLC.