OpenMRS Leadership Call 2017-07-13

Dear Community,

I wanted to lead this off differently because something has been on my mind for quite a while now. I know there are SO MANY of you that are valued as leaders in this community and I want to make a plea with you…

The weekly leadership meetings are attended by members in the OpenMRS community that serve in a leadership capacity and dedicate a significant amount of time in service of other members in the OpenMRS community. For a long time these meetings have occurred on a weekly basis and, for the most part, its the same people attending each week. Sometimes it feels like we’re talking to ourselves and we really wish community leaders would join these weekly calls to present and discuss ideas and “step up to the plate” to lead a new project. I see so many leaders in this community doing amazing work, working incredibly hard, and making sure that things are done well.

Please join this call. At the 2016 Implementers’ Conference we spoke face-to-face and many of you expressed ideas and passion for new projects and solutions… this is your time to present and discuss those ideas in a forum that can lead to acquiring funding to make your dream a reality.

OK, back to the info for the call…

We have a leadership call scheduled for this Thursday, 13 July @ 4pm UTC (12pm ET). If you are a community leader, you are encouraged to attend and share in the discussion! If you normally attend but are unable to this week please let me know. Also if there are any additional topics or updates you would like to see on this agenda or a future agenda please let me know!

To join the call by phone, please dial 1-888-510-4073. To join the call using Audio, Chat, & Screen Sharing please use the latest Firefox, Chrome, or other WebRTC-compatible browser and go to:




  • Bahmni Update- Darius/Jan

  • what are the next steps?

  • role of OpenMRS as a fiscal sponsor

  • Update on Summit - OMRS17 - Christine

  • scheduled call with Malawi team and discuss commitment and expectations

  • what else is needed to help Christine

  • OpenMRS BOD Call

  • any ideas for the agenda? what do you want to include?

  • Funding for Infrastructure- Burke

  • should we take OpenMRS money to fund this ( how much are we talking about?)

  • how much do we need

  • how do we fund it

  • **Diversity Council-Terry **

  • identify and invite women from posts to intro to talk category- are people ok with that?

  • **P****otential for ‘internships’- Jeff/Terry **

  • is there a need/a way to do this?

  • Some people request opportunities for non-dev roles; how would we mobilize them?

  • Suggestion to avoid specifically creating program for Impelmenters

  • Expand conception further to include more non-devs

  • BA

  • Documentation

  • etc.

  • Things to think about

  • Implementers typically have their own funding

  • OpenMRS doesn’t implement the software

  • wording; might not be an ‘internship’ but more of an ‘implementer program’

  • fellowship program

  • Previous GSOC student moves onto this type of project

  • Difficulty bringing in non-devs to a dev centered community

  • Continued “Leadership Team” discussion

  • Fiscals-- no change


  • Report on Fundraising Efforts @Andy

  • Operational Plan Update

Monthly Items

  • Budget/Expenses/ first Thursday

  • Partnerships- third Thursday

**Quarterly Update **(link to the quarterly status spreadsheet?)

  • Infrastructure Update (Quarterly - Jun, Sep, Dec)

  • Diversity Council

  • Ongoing Quarterly metric review of specific areas

  • who is contributing code

  • volunteer contributions

  • go through some of the numbers–and gather them before the TH and review them

Parking Lot Follow Up items