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GNOME Outreach Program for Women (OPW)

What is GNOME OPW?

GNOME OPW is an internship program organized by the GNOME Foundation to encourage women to become active members of the fast-growing Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement and community. The program is held biannually.

A little background

OPW derives inspiration from Google Summer of Code (GSoC).

GSoC was started in 2005. Very few women applied overall, and none applied for GNOME.

That got GNOME thinking. The Foundation decided to address the issue and it sponsored a certain number of women for coding projects.

A little background ...contd.

The sponsorships were independent of GSoC and were meant only for GNOME projects.

The experiment ran in 2006. The three subsequent years ran dry.

In 2010, GNOME once again came out with internship offers for women.

The initiative even got a name GNOME OPW.

A little background ...contd.

The internship program was held not once, but twice every year, and the first instance (in 2010) came to be designated as Round 1.

In 2012, the program got a major makeover. Projects from organizations other than GNOME were included as well.

GSoC and OPW compared


Open to men and womenOpen to anyone who identifies as a woman

Open to only studentsOpen to non-students as well

Includes only coding projectsIncludes non-coding projects as well, such as those related to documentation, designing and translation

Held once a yearHeld twice a year

How to apply

Information points


#opw IRC channel onGIMPNet (irc.gnome.org)


Necessary requirements

Contribute to a FOSS project participating in an upcoming round.ORContribute to any FOSS project of your choice.

Contributing is mandatory. Start early and get noticed.

The upcoming round: Dates to remember

1 Oct 2013: Application process begins1 Nov 2013: Application deadline20 Nov 2013: Result announcement10 Dec 2013to Internship period 10 March 2014

OPW and I

Interned with the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation.

Worked on the Commotion Wireless Project.

Studied 12 FOSS projects and compared their L10n processes.

Researched translation tools for text and video content.

Made recommendations regarding which tools to use. Translated resources into French.

Some links from my blog




What is Commotion?

Commotion is an open-source software that helps create a distributed peer-to-peer (mesh) network between two or more wireless devices such as mobile phones, laptops and routers. It strengthens communities by allowing them to build their own communications infrastructures.

Commotion: Uses

Commotion has applications as:A facilitator of access to the internet.

An aid during natural calamities.

As a circumvention technology.

Explore Commotion




Contribute to Commotion



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