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Call for Outreachy 2018-19 proposals!

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With support from the DIAL Open Source Center, we're part of a new fellowship program this year, Outreachy -- which recruits software contributors to work on open source projects:

Outreachy provides three-month internships to work in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 and have a $500 travel stipend available to them. Outreachy internship projects may include programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, or data science. Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy sponsors or in jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.

Outreachy internships are open to applicants around the world. Interns work remotely with mentors from FOSS communities.We expressly invite women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to apply. We also expressly invite applications from residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.

This will be our first time working with Outreachy although we've been fans for some time. Learn more about the program and get involved!

So, we're asking applicants to start posting their proposals for comment, here.

You will still have to post your official proposals on the Outreachy website. But we'd like to hear how different applicants build out their proposals based on our project description, Expanded Community Stats System, here. Read on!

Deadlines

Outreachy's application deadline is the 30th of October. Full timeline here!

Get familiar with the project

We've posted a welcome page for Outreachy people here! Say hello!

Once you've made an initial starting contribution to our codebase (we're happy to help you with this on our welcome page here), the next step is to read carefully through our project description and ask questions, here.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or to join our chat channel at https://publiclab/chat

Our welcoming page will help you understand how we collaborate, and we'll be there to help you take your first step. As many of you have done already, try tackling a first-timers-only issue, to get an idea of how to become a contributor!

Post a proposal for comment

Once you've read through some of these ideas and become a bit more familiar with our projects, it's time to post a proposal of your own.

You don't need to have a complete proposal to post here -- share your thoughts early and we'll help you refine your proposal, and help you plan something that's right for you.

We've created a template for you to post a proposal here. Click this button to begin:

Start drafting a proposal

Note: Outreachy's official application is directly to the Outreachy organization, through their website. But we would like all Outreachy applicants to post a proposal here as well, because:

  • we will review proposals here in looking over applications and indicating our preferences to folks leading up to Oct 30th
  • we think it's great to have a dialogue with teams
  • we'd like to know specifically about your planning process in tackling a project or set of projects
  • we're friendly!

Read other proposals

Before or after you post your own draft, read through others' listed below. Your best comments and input may come from other applicants!

You can also read through past proposals for similar programs here: #call-for-proposals

Proposals

Title Author Updated Likes
[Outreachy Proposal] Expanding Community Stats System @chauhan_shubhangi96 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Extend community collaboration statistics and visualization system @cess 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal: @faithngetich188 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal on expanded community stats system by Amy Chan @amychan331 4 months ago
Expanding Public Lab's community stats system @romrod 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Improve statistics system for publiclab @radhikadua 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal by narnt @thayshi 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal: Planning for expanded community stats system @kramadan 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal @quinn-codes-synthesis 4 months ago
Outreachy proposal on expanded community stats system by Amy Chan @amychan331 4 months ago


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
Software project ideas for upcoming 2018 Summer of Code fellowships? @warren about 1 year ago

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Please ask questions! We're very friendly and we love welcoming new people into our community.


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University and college students who are applying are requested to provide information about their school calendar and class credits. We will ask for your current term and your next term. Please have that information before starting the process.


All the participants of Outreachy are requested to submit the application before October 30 at 4pm UTC on the main Outreachy website. Failure to do so will result in failure from the Outreachy program.

Applicants who create an application can edit it until the project application deadline. After your project's application deadline, applicants will NOT be able to create a new application. Applicants who have submitted an application cannot edit their application, but they will be able to continue recording and editing their contributions on the Outreachy website until the intern announcement deadline on Nov. 16, 2018 at 4pm UTC. Applicants who have not submitted an application will not be able to record or edit their contributions.


Thank you, Sidharth. Folks - we're just trying to be sure you don't miss out on this! Many thanks for your interest in working with us 😃 🎉


Hi, all! Just added one more item, which I'd like to see incorporated; it should be relatively easy to add in:

Does this make sense? Thank you! @radhikadua @quinn-codes-synthesis @cess

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Also, as @sagarpreet has noted elsewhere, we are on the extended Nov 6th deadline, so you still have a bit of time!


And, @gauravano has joined our mentoring team! Welcome!


Hi @warren,

script to go back through posts and tag first-timer posts with first-time-poster tag, retroactively so they show up at https://publiclab.org/tag/first-time-poster, to improve stats on first-time posting

Sounds good to me. Also, along with that, I think all the new posts which are created by new contributors, they should automatically be tagged to keep the stats correct.

Thanks!


I believe the second part is already complete! We implemented it a few weeks ago :-)

Thanks!

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Hi @warren, script to go back through posts and tag first-timer posts with first-time-poster tag, retroactively so they show up at https://publiclab.org/tag/first-time-poster, to improve stats on first-time posting Sounds good to me. Also, along with that, I think all the new posts which are created by new contributors, they should automatically be tagged to keep the stats correct. Thanks!


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Was trying to submit my proposal but the button keep getting stuck in the spinning position, so I thought it wasn't submitted and I had something like a wifi issue. I just check my dashboard and realized that they are in pending. Sorry about the repeat submission!


Hi, everyone - thanks for your proposals -- one thing I mentioned in a couple places that I think may be useful --

I think it would be great to see a few links to different areas of the existing codebase - to give a better sense of where these features and new code segments would be implemented, and how they relate to existing code. What would go into a model, a controller, a view? Are you familiar with the MVC model and how to break up code among these parts?

These are key and useful questions which can help to give better detail to your proposals and help you break up your work into smaller, more easily tested and maintained parts. It's also great for debugging because if each pull request you make does only one thing, it's easier to review and merge in piece by piece, without the worry that changing one function will break or affect another.

For more on modularity and why it's helpful, check out the piece I wrote on modularity on our software outreach page! https://publiclab.org/software-outreach

Thanks everyone as we approach our Nov 6th deadline!

@cess @quinn-codes-synthesis @faithngetich188 @radhikadua @amychan331 @thayshi @bansal_sidharth2996 @gauravano @sagarpreet

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Also, just a reminder to @thayshi and @faithngetich188 and anyone else interested - i don't see your final proposals on the Outreachy dashboard, so be sure to get them submitted before Nov 6th! Thanks!! 🎉


Hi, folks -- as you may know, we've accepted Cess to be our Outreachy intern this session (congratulations, Cess!). I wanted to write to thank everyone for their incredible work over the past several weeks. If we had the capacity, we would have loved to accept more people. Our community is growing and perhaps this will be possible in the future.

I want to wish everyone the best whether you were accepted for another project, or if you have other projects of your own coming up in your life, and to make sure you all know you are always welcome here in our community. You're all amazing and I'm confident you all have amazing things in store in the future!!

THANK YOU for everything!!! 🎉 ❤️


Good luck!


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