I’m happy to announce that the community has selected @pascal as our November 2016 Volunteer of the Month!
Pascal, we really appreciate your longstanding commitment to OpenMRS, and all the work you do for us. You will receive the Volunteer of the Month title and icon for use on Talk ! I know you’re on the infrastructure team and you could assign it to yourself, but as a small token of appreciation, I’ll take care of it.
We’ve asked Pascal a few questions in order to let everyone get to know some of the great things he’s been doing with the community:
Pascal, what is your OpenMRS ‘name’?
@pascal on Talk and psbrandt on IRC/Telegram (and everywhere else).
Tell us a little about your background
I’m from Cape Town, South Africa, but I’m currently living in Seattle working on my PhD in Biomedical & Health Informatics at the University of Washington. My academic background is in computer science, and I became interested in programming at a very young age.
When did you start with OpenMRS ?
I was first introduced to OpenMRS by @chris when I started working for him at Jembi Health Systems in 2009. For the purposes of learning OpenMRS, the first thing I did was develop a toy global property editor module.
How do you participate in the community (What activities, projects, role, etc)
What are your favorite things to do in your free time
If I had free time I’d probably use it running, hiking, climbing, reading and playing with new technologies.
What’s your favorite OpenMRS moment or tell us what makes OpenMRS special to you
What amazes me about the OpenMRS community is the constant stream of new contributors who are often willing to step up and assume responsibilities in order to help the community as a whole.
I’ve attached two pictures. In the one I’m talking about OpenMRS at the Stripe offices in San Francisco and in the other I’m talking to students at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo about Google Summer of Code.