Fighting Smoke with Open Source


I’m a developer advocate at Akamai and a huge proponent for the open source initiative. So, today I am going to tell you a story of how a regular person like you or me can make an impact with just a little bit of goodwill, and a pinch of open source.

Early morning on August 16, around 2,500 lightning strikes hit the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, with 200 strikes happening in 30 minutes at one point. Within the next 72-96 hours, over 12,000 lightning strikes were recorded over Northern California, sparking over 500 wildfires, many of which grew to be very large at a rapid pace. Now, for several weeks, the huge quantities of smoke have degraded the air quality all over the West Coast.

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