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GNOME Revamps and Renews Outreach Program for Women

Jan 22, 2010, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

"While the greater free software community, media outlets, conferences and projects are finding diverse ways to draw women to open source, the GNOME Foundation's Outreach is built on a familiar framework.

"The approach? Think Google Summer of Code -- complete with internships, mentors, and sponsors -- with an emphasis on team contributions rather than stand-alone projects.

"GNOME ran a similar outreach program in 2006, and received one hundred applications within two weeks. Because funds are (always) limited, great projects (and talent) had to be turned away -- but Google was so was impressed by the proposals, it funded three additional projects. The 2006 Women's Outreach Program had six participants, but organizers are tentatively planning on five participants this season."

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