This is more of a late announcement, well, it could be taken as an early announcement as well, based on which point of view you are taking.
* So I was selected to be one of Outreachy 30 interns! Yay. *
What is Outreachy?
Outreachy is the successor of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW). OPW was inspired by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May 2012 round, Software Freedom Conservancy joined OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program. For the May 2015 round, the program was renamed to Outreachy with the goal of expanding to engage people from various underrepresented groups and was moved to Software Freedom Conservancy as its organizational home.
This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through Outreachy, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community.
For more info on what’s Outreachy you can check here – Outreachy Info.
Which company did I apply for?
In specific I applied for only 1 company and that is Mozilla. I believe Mozilla is a cool company to work for and contribute to and I like the way it supports the open web. My mentor from Mozilla is also super awesome! He really knows how to mentor from my experience so far, he is patient, welcoming, resourceful and knows how to keep people motivated. I believe other employees at Mozilla might be as cool, but I haven’t met many of them due to this being done remotely. However the few I have met on the IRC/bugzilla were all super nice, helpful and welcoming. So I am very happy working with them all and believe this will be a nice and productive summer.
So yes I am super happy for it. I might share on how it all went at some point down the road if I get asked a lot.
Day 1 started with memorial day which is a holiday in the USA I got the chance to meet other cool interns doing internships on other opensource projects. I learnt a lot from the few minutes we talked and it is nice hearing how we are all going through this experience.
How did I get involved with Opensource?
Prior to this I had absolutely no idea on how to contribute to opensource even though I really wanted to. I googled endlessly online just to find good but limited information. I couldn’t find something as succinct as I wanted that could help me learn to contribute as a “newbie”, but this whole experience up to this day has made me learn way too much than I knew back then and I am glad that I applied and didn’t let my doubts stop me from it. If I get the chance maybe I should write a succinct “How – to” sort of thing, to make someone else’s life easier when it comes to doing your first contribution to opensource projects, and get more people involved with it. I’ll think about that, for now I’m focusing on learning and contributing to Mozilla. I have submitted several bug fixes/patches of code that have been merged and that was an awesome experience.
How has week 1 been so far?
This week was my first week, I downloaded elastic search which we plan using for this project I will be working on if it fits what we are looking for. If it doesn’t then it will be switched to something else. So far I have been trying to figure out how to get it to do what I want it to do based on its documentation. I wished I could find more real-life examples on how it is used in python/django. I am still searching for such materials and trying to read more about it.
OK. What project are you working for?
I am working on Air Mozilla. Air Mozilla is the Internet multimedia presence of Mozilla, with live and pre-recorded shows, interviews, news snippets, tutorial videos, and features about the Mozilla community. Mozilla creates software that promotes the goals of the Open Web.
Wanna have a look on Air Mozilla ? Check here => air mozilla page
I am looking forward to the day I complete my project, I really hope that day comes soon so I can take a deep breath of relief that “I made it!” 🙂
In the next weeks I’ll be blogging more of my experience so if you are interested in it, keep an eye on the blog.