Info for Sponsors
What is the FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW)?
According to a 2002 survey of open source communities, only 1.1% of participatants are women. In order to increase diversity in open source, the GNOME Foundation created the FOSS Outreach Program for Women (OPW). The program provides a three-month paid internship, where participants are paired with mentors from one of 19 different open source projects. The Linux kernel is one of those projects.
The GNOME Foundation coordinates the overall program and pays the interns. Karen Sandler and Marina Zhurakhinskaya coordinate the overall OPW program. Each separate open source project has a coordinator that communicates with project applicants, interns, and mentors. Sarah Sharp is the coordinator for the Linux Kernel project in OPW.
How can I help?
2. Donate employees' time to help out during the application process. During the month-long application process, applicants work through a first-patch tutorial, and submit a patch to the Linux kernel. People who wish to help out with the application process can review patches, and answer questions about kernel development and git on the OPW IRC channel. If you're interested in code review during the application process, please contact Sarah Sharp <sarah.a.sharp AT intel DOT com>.
3. Donate employees' time to be an OPW mentor. Mentors participate in code review during the month-long application process, and mentor interns for three months. Mentors will need to come up with a small project suitable for a new contributor, that can be completed within three months, and is not critial-path.
Typically, mentors meet with their interns for an hour a week. They may meet more frequently or longer as necessary. Mentors will need to set aside extra time to answer their intern's questions, and review and merge their code. Interns work full-time on their OPW projects, so mentoring an intern is as time-consuming as ramping up and mentoring a new employee. If you're interested in being a Linux kernel mentor, please read our mentoring FAQ and then contact Sarah Sharp <sarah.a.sharp AT intel DOT com>.
4. Add a new project to OPW. If your open source project isn't listed on the OPW project page, you can contact Karen Sandler <karen AT gnome DOT org> to discuss adding your project to OPW. This requires the most amount of time out of all these options.
Your project will need to provide a tutorial for applicants that to submit a small contribution to your project. This tutorial will need to walk applicants through creating the right build environment, making a change, and contributing that change back to the project. Your project will also need to provide a coordinator to manage deadlines, communicate with mentors, and answer applicants questions. Finally, your project will need to find funding for at least one intern ($5,750), and find one mentor (ideally a different person from the coordinator).
Past Sponsors and Mentors
May 2013 Kernel Internship Sponsors
May 2013 Kernel Mentors
November 2013 Sponsors
We are looking for companies to sponsor OPW kernel interns for the next OPW round. Sponsorships are due November 11th. Please contact Karen Sandler <karen AT gnome DOT org> and Sarah Sharp <sarah.a.sharp AT intel DOT com> if you are interested in sponsoring OPW internships. Our current list of sponsors:
How interns are selected
Based on available Linux kernel intern funding, we find community members who want to volunteer as OPW mentors. Mentors propose a three-month project that interns can work on. Applicants to the program are asked to rank projects in the order that most interests them. All mentors and the Linux kernel OPW coordinator (Sarah Sharp) collaborate to match interns to the project that best suits their interests, skills, and background. In order to be considered for an internship, applicants must complete the tutorial to create a patch for the Linux kernel, and get that patch accepted into the mainline kernel.
What are the positive outcomes of OPW?
In April 2013, the Linux kernel joined as an OPW project for the first time. We created a tutorial that walks applicants through creating and submitting their first kernel cleanup patch. This tutorial can be used by anyone (not just OPW applicants) to ramp up on kernel development. This accomplishes our goal of improving our documentation for all newcomers to the Linux kernel.
The Linux kernel project proved to be the most popular project within OPW. We had over 41 women apply, proving that women are interested in Linux kernel development. Of the 41 women who applied, 11 of them were successful in getting a patch merged into the Linux kernel. Due to a shortage of funding, we were only able to accept 7 of those women as OPW interns.
The Linux Weekly News (LWN) site tracks statistics about Linux kernel development. Each kernel release, they crunch numbers and reveal which developers and employers are the most active in modifying the Linux kernel. The number of OPW patches merged during the application process earned the program the #13 employer spot in the 3.11 kernel statistics, beating Google, Oracle, and ARM:
One of our OPW interns, Xenia Ragiadakou, made the #10 contributor by getting 100 patches merged into 3.11. During our first time participating in OPW (during Round 6), our seven interns participated in several kernel projects.