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Subject RE: UNICEF Open Source project- Apache Foundation
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:57:43 GMT
Just to quickly introduce EA and myself – we work together in a not for profit at


We are very much committed to both open licence and working in the open, and have a special
interest in seeking to ensure that AAC reaches those communities that have been most under
served in this field


One of our first projects was in the Middle East where we collaborated to develop Tawasol,
the Arabic open symbol set, designed to reflect both language and culture within the Middle
East and especially the gulf. To do that we created a system that democratised symbol design,
allowing a range of stakeholder to determine the design and selection of symbols to represent


Very much hope to continue discussions together about collaboration around the paper Ariam
has distributed  


Best regards 




From: Kevin A. McGrail <> 
Sent: 29 October 2018 20:49
To: Ariam Mogos <>;
Cc: Aditi Poddar <>;; EA Draffan <>
Subject: Re: UNICEF Open Source project- Apache Foundation


Thanks Ariam, 

I have a child with Autism so this is very interesting to me and I also helped found the largest
support group in the Washington DC area.  I have done grants for curriculum to teach children
with autism to swim with Autism Speaks and I can talk intelligently about AT/PECS.  We also
just had our keynote from Cliff Schmidt at Amplio which has some crossover.  Anyway, enough
about me, I'd like to setup a call, nothing long and talk about our incubator and how we work/what
we do.


On 10/29/2018 3:53 PM, Ariam Mogos wrote:

Thanks so much Kellen, Dave and Kevin!

(copying Aditi from our partnerships team) 

(copying David Banes and EA Draffan, two of our advisors on AAC)


Yes we’d be interested in collaborating with Apache and learning more about the incubator


We’re very excited to share about this project. I’ve created a google doc with some information


Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, recommendations in the document.




From: "Kevin A. McGrail"  <> <>
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:51 PM
To:  <> ""  <>
Cc: Ariam Mogos  <> <>
Subject: Re: UNICEF Open Source project- Apache Foundation


In addition to the list responses, I'm happy to chat especially with my VP Fundraising duties.
Love UNICEF and love what you do especially around Halloween.  Happy to jump on a call and
give you some guidance! 





Kevin A. McGrail

VP Fundraising, Apache Software Foundation

Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin Project

 <> - 703.798.0171



On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 1:39 AM Dave Fisher < <>
> wrote:

Exactly as Kellen describes!

If for whatever reason you require an offline discussion to start then I’m sure someone
here may be willing to “champion” your proposal.


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 27, 2018, at 9:43 PM, kellen sunderland < <>
> wrote:
> Hello Ariam, reading through the sites in your signature it looks like
> you're doing interesting work.  I'm always happy to see governments and
> NGOs using / contributing to open source.
> Speaking for myself, I would be happy to set aside some time to chat.  At
> Apache we do try to keep as much communication as possible on public email
> lists.  Would you be able to give a little more detail about your project
> via this list?  Were you interested in collaborating with Apache?  Did you
> want to participate in the Apache Incubator program?
> -Kellen
>> On Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM Ariam Mogos < <>
> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I work in UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and was hoping to speak to someone
>> about a fantastic open source project in which we’re interested in working
>> with the Apache Foundation.
>> Look forward to hearing from you.
>> Best,
>> Ariam
>> ---------------------------------
>> Ariam Mogos
>> Learning Lead
>> UNICEF Ventures
>> Office of Innovation
>> skype: ariammogos
>> mobile: +1 917-974-5997 <tel:%28917%29%20974-5997> <tel:%28917%29%20974-5997>
>> <> <>
>> <> <>

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Kevin A. McGrail
VP Fundraising, Apache Software Foundation
Chair Emeritus Apache SpamAssassin Project - 703.798.0171

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