"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
"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."