Right around this time every year, GitHub, the world’s leading software development and collaboration platform, releases a report called The State of the Octoverse. The report explains the open source activity that has been taking place on in the world over the past 12 months. The main purpose behind publishing this report is to encourage open source culture and to highlight the importance of contributing to open source projects, especially in developing countries.
This year, Pakistan has been ranked 4th in terms of percentage growth of open source projects on GitHub, year on year. Pakistan’s open source projects have grown a staggering 41% over last year’s number, and this has earned it a place among countries like Greece, and Saudi Arabia which recorded 41% themselves as well. Nigeria leads the rankings with a very impressive 59% followed by Iran and Kenya at 44% and Indonesia at 42%. Furthermore, Pakistan is also among the fastest growing regions by percentage increase in contributors with a 71% increase. This is an amazing feat for Pakistan and is indicative of the flourishing technology culture in the country, for example Airlift’s $12 million series A funding.