Merry Christmas: Kogan donated $10K to support the open-source community

The season of giving is in full swing as online retailer, Kogan, donated $10,000 to support the Django community

Very often we hear about Kogan in the news, mainly because of publicity stunts and challenges issued to the established bricks-and-mortar stores in this country. But the company didn’t make a song-and-dance about the fact that it donated $10,000 to the Django Software Foundation (DSF).

The open-source Django platform is based on the Python programming language, and it allows Web developers to build comprehensive applications for their sites, without the need to purchase proprietary software or pay a license fee. The platform is developed and maintained by the non-profit DSF organisation, and it’s said to be in use by sites such as Pinterest and Instagram. Even our own Good Gear Guide and PC World sites make use of this platform.

In a statement posted to the Django weblog on 16 December, the community has given a huge thanks to Ruslan Kogan and his team for their generosity, stating that the proceeds from the donation will be used to "help support Django development sprints, to provide financial aid to people in the Django community to attend Django and Python events, and to support any other activities that benefit the Django community".

Kogan wasn’t too keen to comment, but it obviously values the work the community puts in to the Django platform that it uses to run its own online store.

Update: Scratch that. Here's what Goran Stefkovski, Director of Technology at Kogan had to say: "We regularly evaluate solutions and frameworks looking for the best technology to progress the business. Django had (and still does) the optimal balance of performance, security, scalability and the flexibility to deliver world first e-commerce innovations quickly.

We love technology and we support those who create great technology. The Django project is a leading open source framework and the people involved have done some amazing work".

Via: Django weblog.

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Elias Plastiras

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