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Anne-Gaelle Colom

Anne-Gaelle Colom

Shortlisted for the Bloomberg Open Technology Award 2015

12 November 2015

Anne-Gaelle Colom, Director, jQuery Foundation

Ten years ago, jQuery was built to simplify the task for building a cross-browser website, at a time when the programming model for the web was very primitive. Then five years ago, it became evident that the mobile web was desperately in need of a framework that was capable of working across all browsers. jQuery Mobile was built to fill that need. Anne-Gaelle maintains all documentation across the sites, which get 24 million page views per month. jQuery is now the most popular JavaScript library in the world, used by 54 million websites worldwide and by more than 70% of the top million websites. Now, with the jQuery Foundation, Anne-Gaelle aims to improve diversity on its board and among contributors, taking a leading role in Open Source Software Initiative. As a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, she is a role model for current and prospective students, encouraging more girls to study computer science as one of their A Level subjects.

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