Upstream University was created in June 2012 by FSF France, with support from Richard Stallman, Karen Sandler, Bradley Kuhn and others, with the express purpose of helping developers become better free software contributors.
Free software is about cooperation: a world where the user contributes
to the software he is using. Most developers learn about programming
languages, databases: technical skills. But contributing "upstream" is
about convincing the author of Libre Office or the Linux kernel to accept
your work, a process that is mostly about diplomacy, patience,
persistance and kindness, skills we encourage the developer to
Loïc Dachary is a Free Software developer and activist. He is president of the Free Software Foundation in France.
Richard Stallman is the founder of the free software movement, and lead developer of the GNU operating system.
Frederic Couchet is a Free Software activist, founder and executive director of April, an association which promotes and defends Free Software in France and Europe.
Rodolphe Quiédeville is a Free Software specialist, Lolix founder, and contributor to OpenStreetmap.
Xavier Antoviaque is a Free Software developer, founder and CEO of Farsides, a Free Software game studio.
A wild game designer at heart, Olivier is the founder of indie game studio Mekensleep and a Free Software enthusiast.