TODO: Facebook Spearheads Launch of Open-Source Collaboration

By David Cohen 

TODOLogo650Facebook announced at its @Scale 2014 conference in San Francisco Monday that it teamed up with companies including Box, Dropbox, Google, GitHub, Khan Academy, Square, Stripe, Twitter and @WalmartLabs on open-source collaboration TODO, which stands for, “Talk Openly, Develop Openly.”

Facebook head of open-source projects James Pearce provided more details about TODO in a post on the social network’s engineering blog:

Today at @Scale 2014 we joined a number of other companies in launching a new open-source collaboration called TODO. The group — whose name is a backronym for “talk openly, develop openly” — was formed to address the challenges that companies like ours have encountered in consuming open-source software and running open-source programs.

We’ll have more to share about our plans in the coming weeks, but our overall goal in this collaboration is to make open-source easier for everyone. We want to run better, more impactful open-source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open-source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their open-source programs but aren’t sure how to proceed.

Initial members of TODO include Box, Dropbox, Github, Google, Khan Academy, Stripe, Square, Twitter and @WalmartLabs. But there’s a lot of work to do here, and we hope that more companies will join and help us turn this into something amazing. If you’d like to learn more or are interested in joining, please visit and read GitHub’s full blog post.