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Gloria Kaduru
Gloria Kaduru

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Outreachy: Into The Wonderful World of Open-Source


A meme taken from Shrek featuring Fiona and Robin Hood with Robin saying "Please, let me intoduce myself."

Hello 👋🏾 and welcome. My name is Gloria, and I'm a digital product designer based in Lagos, Nigeria, currently interning at Unstructured Studio through the Outreachy program.

Design, to me, is more than just aesthetics – it's about problem-solving and creating meaningful experiences. Over the past 3 years, I've worked across various sectors, from logistics to education, and I take pride in crafting functional and aesthetically pleasing designs, taking a particular interest in User Research, which I find totally awesome!

When I'm not designing, you can find me binge-watching anime, reading, or exploring new obsessions, like my current fascination with Rug-tufting videos 😄.

My Core Values

Getting to know me means understanding my core values – Beauty, Competency, and Fairness – and why they drive me. These values shape my approach to design and life.

Firstly, beauty is not just about aesthetics; it's an appreciation for the unfiltered, imperfect, and ordinary – finding magic in everyday moments. As a designer, I prioritize recognizing the beauty in everything around me.

Competency, my second core value, is more than skill; it's the relentless pursuit of growth and excellence. It's about joy in learning, thrill in mastering, and the humility to acknowledge that there's always room to evolve.

Lastly, fairness, my moral compass, is a commitment to equity and justice. It's about giving everyone a fair shot, acknowledging diverse perspectives, and advocating for a world where opportunities are distributed generously and without bias.

My Outreachy Journey

As a product designer, I've always sought projects with a meaningful connection between design and social impact. I had a vague knowledge of open-source and the open-source community but never quite acted on it. The perfect opportunity came when I stumbled upon Outreachy a few months ago and was drawn to its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Outreachy provided the perfect platform to channel my belief in contributing to open-source projects, collaborating with mentors fostering diversity, and making a tangible impact in the world.

Sure, the application process was a bit nerve-wracking, but the sense of community and support from both mentors and fellow applicants made it a genuinely enriching experience. It's not just about gaining valuable hands-on experience but being part of a movement that's shaping the future of tech in a more inclusive way.


So here I am, ready to embark on this exciting journey with Outreachy. If you're considering it too, take that leap! It's more than just an internship – it's an opportunity to be part of positive change in the tech world. Let's design a future that's not just user-friendly but people-friendly. 🚀

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