We recently opened the application process for the new round of GNOME Outreach Program for Women internships. We already have 15 projects participating in the outreach effort, but it would be great to have more projects on board. As a mentor, you would help the applicants who select your project make a first contribution by October 31. An initial contribution is a required part of the application process. Then, if you get a strong applicant for your project who is accepted, you would guide her in her contributions to your project from December 12 to March 12.
Unlike what is considered typical for Google Summer of Code projects, you don’t need to come up with an idea for a stand-alone project for your intern. Instead, we’d like the interns to start with smaller tasks (i.e. bugs) and progress over time to more complex tasks (i.e. features), with each task being suggested by you based on the current priorities of your team. Ensuring that the interns work on manageable and relevant tasks helps with the important goal of getting their work incorporated into the projects during the internship period.
Having your project listed among the participating projects might help bring in a new contributor this round or at some later point. We encourage women interested in contributing to contact mentors for the participating projects at any time during the year. So please add your project now!
Just how awesome were the interns in our last round? Here is a summary of their impressive accomplishments. Thanks to them and to their mentors for making it such a successful round!
We had 8 Outreach Program for Women interns.
Aline Duarte Bessa wrote new topic-based help for Accerciser, an interactive tool that allows GNOME applications to check what accessibility information they are providing. She wrote documentation for the Assistive Technology Service Provider Interface (AT-SPI), which is used to provide a description of an application to accessibility tools. She examined the entire Accerciser bug list, provided feedback on all the bugs, and created patches for many of them. She also wrote a demo widget that explored accessibility issues. [1, 2, 3, 4]
Kelly Sinnott wrote new topic-based help for GNOME System Monitor and some general desktop help. She identified the need to provide GNOME help on mobile devices and created a prototype website. [1, 2, 3, 4]
We also had 7 Google Summer of Code interns, who were encouraged and supported by the Outreach Program for Women.
Raluca Elena Podiuc added the ability to create an avatar in Empathy with a webcam or to select an avatar from standard or previously used avatars. She also added support for video effects when using video chat in Empathy. [1, 2, 3, 4]
In addition to their contributions, many of the interns participated in GNOME events. Julita, Kelly, and Tiffany attended the Open Help conference and GNOME Documentation hackfest in Cincinnati. Ekaterina, Julita, Anita, Tiffany, Tamara, Raluca, Srishti, and Madhumitha attended the Desktop Summit in Berlin. Meg, Tiffany, and Nohemi are coming to the Montreal Summit. The new participants and their contributions are definitely energizing the GNOME project!