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Attracting Women to Open Source

Terri Oda (terri@zone12.com)

In 2006, GNOME put out the call for students to participate in the Google Summer of Code project, where students get paid to work on open source projects. They received 181 applicants -- and not a single one from a woman. Seeking to attract a female applicants, they did a Women's Summer Outreach Programme, and got 100 applicants. There are capable women out there, but how can we attract them to open source projects? Do women need an invitation? What makes an open source project attractive to women? What drives otherwise talented people away from a project? The goal of this BOF is to talk about some of the issues, and brainstorm ways to increase involvement. (And yes, the BOF is open to both women and men.)



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