The Academy Software Foundation has planned to launch a mentorship initiative and appoint a program ambassador. Academy made the announcement during the Foundation’s Open Source Days virtual event. This diversity and inclusion working group was formed by Carol Payne of Netflix and Rachel Rose of Industrial Light & Magic, co-chairs of the Foundation with the aim to develop a mentoring program within the foundation, as well as through partnerships with external companies and organizations.
The motive behind the formation is to encourage high school and college students to pursue careers in software development, as well as to participate in the Foundation. Emily Olin, the group’s director of marketing communications said, . “We want to be a catalyst for change.”
Unity Technologies that Jon Favreau used to make The Lion King has joined as a Premier Member. It has developed new versions of two of its projects: OpenColorIO, an open color management software widely used in visual effects and animation: and OpenVDB, a tool that’s been used on movies such as Frozen 2 to help create volumetric images such as water simulations.
Michael Dolan, chairs the OpenColorIO technical steering committee said, “OpenColorIO touches nearly every pixel of every visual effects frame in most major motion pictures, so it’s essential that the project meets and exceeds the needs of color scientists, artists, and users who craft these works of art every day,” and added that developers worked closely with users “to ensure that the new features and improvements in OpenColorIO v2 will address real production needs.”