GitLab's mission is to make it so everyone can contribute.
The GitLab Leading Organization program supports this mission by recognizing and incentivizing organizations and individuals who are among our most active contributors. This initiative rewards and encourages co-creation. Through this program, we seek to strengthen the open source ecosystem. Leading Organizations drive their company’s innovation and employee retention through contributions while influencing GitLab’s product trajectory.
Our goal is for 10% of GitLab customers to be Leading Organizations by FY25Q4. This supports our strategy to grow to 1000 contributors per month.
Definition: A company or individual that reaches 20 merged merge requests or more over a trailing three full calendar month basis. See more about qualification Leading Organizations in the code review section
Continued program membership for existing Leading Organizations will be reviewed quarterly.
Open source is eating the world. The organizations that will stand out as leaders in the next decade are those who understand, embrace,and contribute to open source - building cultures where everyone can contribute.
Lack of developer talent is one of the biggest threats to businesses. Contributing to open source enables your company to be competitive in a tight market.
80% of companies expect to increase their use of enterprise open source software for emerging technologies. 1
Leading Organizations receive:
To apply to join the Leading Organization program:
GitLab hosts workshops with organizations interested in increasing their contributions and becoming eligible for the program. The Leading Organization team will reach out directly to organizations that either meet or are close to meeting the qualification requirement. For organizations interested in starting to contribute, please fill out this form.
Types of Workshops
Email: leadingorganizations AT gitlab DOT com
The Leading Organizations program is a top cross-functional initiative and working group.
RedHat, The State of Enterprise Open Source (February 22, 2022). Available at: https://www.redhat.com/en/resources/state-of-enterprise-open-source-report-2022 ↩
Nagle, Frank, Learning by Contributing: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Contribution to Crowdsourced Public Goods (December 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3091831 ↩
Tidelift, 2020 Managed Open Source Survey (October 2020). Available at Tidelift: https://tidelift.com/subscription/2020-managed-open-source-survey ↩