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Fwd: Debian joins Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women


This was sent to debian-devel-announce but I find it might be of
interest to debian-user as well. Please direct any inquires to the
people mentioned in the announcement. I'm not involved with the OPW
program myself.

Best regards,


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mònica Ramírez <monica@debian.org>
Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM
Subject: Debian joins Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women
To: debian-devel-announce@lists.debian.org
Cc: soc-coordination@lists.alioth.debian.org

Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women

The GNOME Foundation started the Free & Open Source Software Outreach
Program for Women, OPW, in 2006. It was quite successful, and in the
January-April 2013 round, many other FOSS organizations joined the
program. We are happy to announce that Debian will participate in the
next round (June-September) and we'll offer one internship.

You can find more details about the program:
* http://wiki.debian.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about
Debian's participation.
* http://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen with details about the
program in general.

Call for mentors and projects

OPW allows applicants to work on any kind of project, including coding,
design, marketing, web development... The Debian Google Summer of Code
projects will be offered also as possible projects for OPW, but GSoC
only allows coding projects. If you have any idea of a non-coding
project and you want to mentor it, please contact us in the
soc-coordination list (the same list that is used for GSoC coordination)
adding [OPW] in subject.

OPW works in the same way as GSoC except Google doesn't play a part
here. The same advice that is provided for GSoC mentors works for OPW

Call for participants

The main goal of this program is to increase the number of women in
FOSS, so all women who are not yet a Debian Developer or a Debian
Maintainer are encouraged to apply. There are no age restrictions and
applicants don't need to be a student.

If you want to apply, you must follow three steps:

1. Choose a project from the lists linked from
There are two lists, one for GSoC and another with non-coding tasks that
can be only offered by the OPW. Those lists may change and add or remove
more projects in the next few weeks.

2. Make a small contribution to Debian. Projects will add a task the
applicant must complete as part of the pre-selection process. If no task
is provided, you are welcome to ask the mentors of the project. You can
also make a different extra task of the one listed to show your skills
and interest.

3. Create a page in the Debian wiki with your application. You can do so
under pseudonym, but in that case, please give us information about
yourself privately by email to the people below!

The Debian OPW coordinators
Mònica Ramírez Arceda <monica@debian.org>
Ana Guerrero López <ana@debian.org>
Patty Langasek <harmoney@dodds.net>

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