[Openstack] OpenStack participating in the Outreach Program for Women

Anne Gentle anne at openstack.org
Mon Oct 21 19:06:22 UTC 2013

Hi again everyone,

We have quite a few interested interns and I'd like to get more mentors and
ideas added to our ideas list with mentors as well. We have funded spots
for three interns it looks like. Thank you OpenStack Foundation, HP and

Please add to https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OutreachProgramForWomen/Ideas--
think especially of three-month tasks in the Icehouse release
Students and non-students can apply, and non-coding tasks are certainly

Thanks for the great responses so far -- please do add your ideas and
mentoring interests and keep an eye out for newcomers asking questions. For
this program, a patch is required as part of her application, and she'll be
looking for mentors online.


On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Anne Gentle <anne at openstack.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> We're actively recruiting both mentors and interns for the Outreach
> Program for Women. Rackspace is sponsoring one intern, and I'm still
> seeking funding for additional interns. Support levels start at $5750 for
> one intern.
> Here's a blurb you can send to your friends and neighbors on the Internets
> to reach out specifically to women who want to learn how to work in open
> source.
> --8<--
> OpenStack provides open source software for building public and private
> clouds. We are constantly moving and growing and very excited to invite
> newcomers to our community. For a third round, OpenStack is participating
> in GNOME Outreach Program for Women, see
> http://gnome.org/opw/ for details. As you may know, representation of
> women among free and open source participants has been cited at 3% [1] as
> contrasted with the percentages of computing degrees earned by women (all
> at over 10% higher) in the US. Eek! At the October 2012 OpenStack Summit,
> Anne Gentle led an unconference session about including more women in
> OpenStack and identified one of the goals as bringing more newcomers to
> OpenStack. The GNOME Outreach program is an excellent way for OpenStack to
> meet that inclusion goal, and we specifically want to reach out to women
> who are interested in open source. The program starts in December 2013,
> going until March 2014. Also, we have been able to support our interns
> meeting their mentors at the OpenStack Summit, which would be in April
> 2014. You can find out all the details about how to apply to an OpenStack
> spot by going to https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/OutreachProgramForWomen.
> --8<--
> Thanks for helping us spread the word! Feel free to ask me any questions
> on or off list.
> Anne
> 1. http://opensource.com/life/13/4/increasing-foss-participation
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