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Outreach Program for Women: Lessons in Collaboration by Marina Zhurakhinskaya

PyCon 2014
April 13, 2014
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Outreach Program for Women: Lessons in Collaboration by Marina Zhurakhinskaya

PyCon 2014

April 13, 2014
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  1. Outreach Program for Women:
    Lessons in Collaboration
    Marina Zhurakhinskaya
    PyCon, Montreal, Canada
    April 13, 2014
    @fossop
    w
    @marinaz

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  2. GNOME GSoC 2006: 0 women among 181
    applicants

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  3. GUADEC 2009: 5% women

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  4. “I attended FOSDEM and a couple of guys
    came to tell me they were surprised to see
    a girl there... You feel like you're not
    supposed to be there, like you're doing
    something wrong... So it was nice to have
    this space here, and feel like I was in the
    right place :)”
    - OPW graduate in #opw IRC channel in March
    2014
    The Ada Initiative blog post: Breaking the
    Unicorn Law

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  5. 130 participants with
    Debian Deltacloud EFF Fedora
    GNOME JBoss Joomla KDE Libav
    Linux kernel MediaGoblin Mozilla
    NESCent Perl Python QEMU OTI
    OpenITP OpenMRS OpenStack
    OSRF ownCloud Subversion
    Twisted Twitter VideoLAN
    Wikimedia WordPress Xen Yocto

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  6. How we do it!
    Address women (cis and trans) and
    genderqueer directly
    Accept non-students and non-coders
    Connect women with mentors
    Require a contribution as part of the
    application
    Provide a sample e-mail, social network
    update and a flyer for people to help spread
    the word

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  7. During the program
    Focused time to build experience in free software
    Encourage manageable tasks that can land
    throughout the internship period
    Require participants to blog and incorporate their
    blogs on planets
    IRC channel and meetings
    Sponsor travel to relevant conferences and
    hackfests

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  8. After the program alums
    Continue working with mentors
    Pursue other free software opportunities
    Present at conferences
    Becoming mentors, answer questions, and
    spread the word
    Value and understand free software, even if
    they move on to something else

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  9. GUADEC 2013: 18% women

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  10. GUADEC 2013: 21% women
    speakers

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  11. Python Software Foundation
    outreach
    Python Workshops for Women and Friends
    PyLadies
    Participates in the Outreach Program for
    Women
    Inviting women to submit talks for PyCon
    Women speakers at PyCon: 1% in 2011,
    7% in 2012, 15% in 2013, 33% in 2014
    Women attendees at PyCon: 20% in 2013

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  12. Python projects in OPW
    Stacey Sern – API documentation and SMTP client and server
    tutorials for Twisted mail
    Marta Maria Casetti, Eliane Ramos - beginner’s tutorial for
    Python development in GNOME, geolocation in tasks and tags
    and viewing tasks by proximity in Getting Things GNOME!
    Tashwin Khurana – OpenStreetMap plugin to show roads,
    buildings, traffic signs in the Gazebo robot simulator
    Victoria Martínez de la Cruz, Terri Yu, Sayali Lunkad, Cindy
    Pallares-Quezada - user interface improvements, query options,
    graphs, logging and error handling for the web dashboard,
    metering, messaging components of OpenStack

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  13. Contributions in 3.12 Linux
    kernel

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  14. Accomplishments of alums
    15 had full-session talks at FOSS conferences
    11 found employment with sponsoring organizations
    7 went on to other FOSS internships or focused
    opportunities, such as GSoC or Hacker School
    6 became mentors in their organizations
    3 organized local technology groups - Chicagoans
    Hacking on GNOME, Nairobi Dev School, Women in
    Free Software - India
    1 became a GNOME Foundation board member

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  15. Improvements for everyone
    General list of mentors
    Newcomers tutorial
    Easy and moderate bugs identified
    Relevant contribution is an application requirement for
    GSoC
    Blogging is a requirement during GSoC and blogs are
    aggregated on the planet
    Emphasis on manageable, agreed-upon tasks for GSoC
    projects
    Helping interns attend the organization's conference
    and do lightning talks

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  16. What's next?
    Current round: participants announced April
    21; internships May 19 to August 18
    Next round: application deadline October
    22; internships December 9 to March 9

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  17. More work is done by
    The Ada Initiative - facilitates
    codes of conduct and anti-
    harassment policies adoption,
    hosts conferences for women,
    teaches allies, creates best
    practices resources.
    OpenHatch – teaches free
    software on campus, partners
    with women in CS groups,
    website for newcomers to find a
    project and mentor, hands-on
    tutorials, documented
    curriculum.

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  18. 7.1% in 2011
    8.3% in 2012
    9.5% in 2013
    Women in GSoC
    Women winners in
    GCI
    1 out of 20 in
    2013
    0 out of 20 in
    2014

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  19. Education statistic for 67
    OPW participants from
    2013
    46% students
    30% recent graduates (<3 years after last
    degree)
    21% non-recent graduates
    3% some college education, but not pursuing
    a degree
    28% had or were pursuing a masters degree
    10% had or were pursuing a PhD

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  20. Participation by country
    OPW 2013
    (67)
    GSoC 2013
    (1192)
    FLOSS
    Survey 2013
    (2183)
    United States 26 143 549
    India 18 271 53
    Brazil 4 13 31
    Romania 3 42 35
    UK 3 35 139
    Italy 2 20 36
    Turkey 2 13 6

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  21. Lack of participation by
    country
    Only one person in GSoC from: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Estonia,
    Ghana, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan
    Only one person took the FLOSS Survey from: Angola, Armenia, Bahrain,
    Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hong Kong, Indonesia,
    Jamaica,Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Qatar, Serbia, South Korea, Syria*,
    Tanzania,Tunisia, Zimbabwe
    No one in GSoC or FLOSS Survey from: Afghanistan, Belize, Cambodia, Congo,
    Cuba*, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Iran*, Iraq*, Jordan, Kuwait,
    Lebanon, Libya, Mongolia, Namibia, North Korea*, Somalia, Sudan*, Tajikistan,
    Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia
    * Not allowed in GSoC due to U.S. law prohibiting engaging in commerce

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  22. People of color in the US
    CS graduates in 2010: 7.9% Asian or Pacific
    Islander, 10.6% Black, 9.2% Hispanic, 0.6%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
    We don't even have statistics for free
    software participation :(
    ... But we know anecdotally

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  23. Ascend Project by Mozilla
    For underemployed, LGBTQ, Latin@, African
    American, First Nations people
    6 week pilots in Portland, OR and New Orleans,
    LA
    Make it manageable: $50 honorarium per day,
    laptops, food, transit passes
    Goals: learn JavaScript, contribute automated
    tests, learn what opportunities are out there
    Watch http://ascendproject.org for more
    information

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  24. How you can help with OPW:
    Talk to me if people like you are underrepresented in
    free software
    Spread the word
    Apply to participate
    Become a mentor
    Get your organization to offer internships
    Get your company to sponsor internships
    Donate to the GNOME Foundation
    Get more information at http://gnome.org/opw

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  25. http://thegnomejournal.wordpress.com/2006/08/15/
    http://adainitiative.org/2014/03/
    http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/FLOSS/
    http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/
    http://floss2013.libresoft.es/
    http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/
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    References and license
    @fossopw @marinaz

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