Michael Downey, Director of Community, Proven Software and Technology, Open Source Center

Michael’s career in IT and open source spans nearly two decades both in the healthcare and financial services industries, as well as the nonprofit world. In his current role, he helps build a vibrant and active open source software community for high-impact technology for development (T4D) projects that advance DIAL’s mission. As a long-time participant in the T4D community, he is excited about DIAL’s unique opportunity to help build a digital society that serves everyone.

Michael served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and later was the Director of Community for OpenMRS, an open source health IT software project. During his tenure at OpenMRS, it grew from “stealth mode” to a large open source community, receiving the prestigious Free Software Foundation’s Award for Projects of Social Benefit.

Michael earned two undergraduate degrees in engineering from Purdue University and did his PhD studies at Indiana University, researching cross-cultural computer-supported cooperative work. A long-time supporter and advocate for free and open source software, he is a member of organizations like the Free Software Foundation, Open Source Initiative, Internet Society, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Michael is also on the steering committee for LibreHealth, a new open source community to foster health IT collaboration.