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Open Source is in our DNA

Layer5 projects are open source software. Anyone can download, use, work on, and share it with others. It's built on principles like collaboration, globalism, and innovation. Layer5 projects are distributed under the terms of Apache v2.

We believe that all contributors should expect and be part of a safe and friendly environment for constructive contribution. We can more effectively and successfully compare and challenge different ideas to find the best solutions for advancement, while building the size, diversity, and strength of our community.


Layer5 Culture

All team members are expected to... take initiative, execute briskly, debate in the discussion, then execute post-haste on the decision, irrespective of the specific decision.

All team members should expect to... be challenged, to work hard, to play hard, to be recognized, to grow and help others grow.

You should... pay attention to detail and take pride in your work. Know when to prioritize and have the discipline to adhere to those priorities. Focus on the customer. Pay it forward and enable others. Bring solutions with the problems. Take out the trash (do grunt work) as needed.

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Explore our world-class internship experience

At Layer5, we take our internships seriously. Interns are expected to work hard, learn much, and be recognized for doing so. Past interns have presented their projects at KubeCon, DockerCon, and similar technical conferences.

Our community of contributors is the key ingredient to the success of every one of our projects. Interns engage as part of the community. Whether interning directly with Layer5 or through one of Layer5's partner programs, your contributions will affect people you've never met as the Layer5 projects are being broadly referenced and used in organizations large and small.

Join other industry leaders in a full-time position

Layer5 is driven by its people, who are the stewards of our culture and principles. Join us on the journey to enabling the world's most innovative companies make the transition to cloud native and multi-cloud through engineering-empowered automation.

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The Layer5 community includes software engineers, researchers, students, artists, system administrators, operators and web designers -- all of whom will be happy to help you get started. We believe that all contributors should be afforded a safe and friendly environment for constructive learning. Our projects are improved through diversity and empathic community.

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Open source contributors come in all shapes, sizes, colors and so on. All are welcome in the Layer5 projects and community!!

Layer5 goes out of its way to welcome and encourage new contributors. We often assign newcomers an onboarding buddy, a MeshMate, to ensure that newcomers get both introduced to the projects within the community and introduced around to other individuals. We strive to help them get a foothold on a crevice of one of our initiatives, instilling and nurturing a sense of ownership, so that they feel at-home as they become a regular contributor.

We also spend a great deal of time trying to recognize and uplift contributors on the Layer5 and Meshery Twitter accounts whether “contribution” means code or any of the other various forms of being involved int the projects and community. Likewise, we try to lift up contributors’ works on the Layer5 and Meshery LinkedIn pages, too. And, while it’s not a world stage, we openly and publicly share our community meetings on YouTube.

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An empowerer of engineers, Layer5 helps you extract more value from your infrastructure. Creator and maintainer of cloud native standards. Maker of Meshery, the cloud native manager.