FOSS Outreach Program :)

Hello Friends !!!! Finally I got selected in GNOME Outreach Program for Women 🙂 I will be working on the project “Advanced Scheduling Parameters” in Xen. And here I am writing my blog to share my experiences. Before I jump to my experience lets talk about OPW in this post. So, in this post I will tell you about FOSS Outreach Program (Previously called OPW) and here it goes:

What’s FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW) ?

Reflective of a generally low number of women participating in the FOSS development. GNOME OPW provides an equal opportunity for women in FOSS. It provides Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program internships.

Then why Outreach Program now?

In this (9th) round, the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) is open to all participants of the Ascend Project regardless of gender as a pilot for expanding to people from more groups underrepresented in free and open source software.

What happens in GNOME Outreach Program for Women?

You will be contributing to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in different ways. That means new contributors (like me) are going to be a part of awesome open source projects. 🙂

Is the program limited to coding ?

The internship offered are not limited to coding, but include user experience design, graphic design, documentation, web development, marketing, translation and other types of tasks needed to sustain a FOSS project.

How to start ?

1. Choose what you want to do.

2. Choose the project and the organization. For this read the project’s wiki page.

3. Contact the mentors of the project and lurk on project’s IRC channel. (Mentors are really very helping in nature so don’t hesitate in asking questions)

4. Once you decide the project then start contributing.

5. You can apply in more than one project or organization. But IMO quality is better than quantity therefore one should contribute in max 2 projects.

As for being able to apply in the program one should make at least one small contribution. So participation and selection process goes hand in hand.


1. Becoming a FOSS contributor and chance to meet and work with experienced contributors. 🙂

2. $5,500 (USD) stipend, if project completed successfully. :-p

So, I will definitely ask you to harness this opportunity and share this among your friends and relatives.