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  • Hong Kong’s number of individual open source contributors on GitHub grew 64.5% in 2020
  • This is the third year open source has shown significant growth as the region becomes a tech hub.
  • Developers see open source as a way to learn new skills, while companies in Hong Kong rely on it, too.

Developer Sammy Fung started Open Source Hong Kong in 2006 because there weren’t any other major open source organizations in the area and he wanted to bring together local developers.

Today, the group’s events can attract 500 participants and the scene in general is thriving: Hong Kong now has several annual open source software conferences, as well as regular meetups and new emerging projects. 

This past year, Hong Kong experienced the second highest growth in contributors on open source platform GitHub, following only Nigeria. Hong Kong’s number of individual contributors grew by 64.5% in 2020, according to a GitHub report. In 2018 and 2019, Hong Kong took the top spot as the country with the highest percentage growth of open source contributors.

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