okay so let's get started with they talk so you all talk about the average

problem for women's that we have

you gonna in don't really since two thousand and six and i got involved was

it in two thousand and nine O we can introduce or no okay

this is for questions later okay and also you know we were able to apply

a lot of the lessons that we learned a certain entries problem for women are

to run in our outreach program and google summer of code in general

so first like non joint google summer of code in two thousand and five which

was the first years it was doing a google summer put in a i believe

most people here know really well global summer codas but for those who don't it's

a problem where a google bayes students five thousand dollars for three months of some

of work a on a different free software projects and over two hundred and fifty

different free such organisations participating and don't has been fortunate to be participating every year

since two thousand and five so you know there were no women applicants and then

in a two thousand six hunter will can principle know what is that like among

hundred eighty applications that norm received for global summer of code you know twenty people

was selected that your but one hundred an eighties there were no women applicants so

they decided is that they could do something about it and


started the first of the know women some our outreach program and a it was

like really trailblazer because that's when they had to field a lot of the scepticism

in a community where people said you know well if women are not shown opposite

they might just not be interested and that's how it is and they had the

received about a hundred applications and that really prove that women are in fact interested

in a six women participated was known for a two months intercept that was like

put together

just the same here right after the google summer of code that line


i think the hope was that just kind of

saying that once that we are communities that is friendly to women would encourage women

to apply for google summer of code in future years but as you can see

you know the numbers improved slightly but we were like getting like this kind of

binary code one zero one zero like you know that's a you know maybe there

was one woman in a particular year

and also so that was like around the time when i started being involved was

can all it and what it can just of the nine which was my a

and second what can grant can area so for five percent women am i think

is in that actually meant each women and the funny thing is that like when

i like started looking into this i started by saying well zora for women and

that picture but later and the raffle women in the picture but later more women

like karen sensor or some on her hers wire were like our that sylvia was

there so more women are keen to me and like i kind of learned that

like you know they words there to a so this is number you know but

maybe is a one more like i also kind of like hundred sixty people in

the don't picture i don't know exactly how many people to work but it was

about five percent that were eight women at the conference


the gonna condition like really noticed that and they approached me ask me to organised

the outreach problem for women to revive the previous efforts that we had so i

was like really new to this type of

activity because i was a software engineer and you know i just didn't want to


focus my attention on that before i was asked and then like when i start

thinking about it and when i started going to other are free software

what women participation tracks like i want to a women participation and all that post

that present high nowhere on and you know i was just basically little learning from


that you know we should be doing something about it and

and basically a the first thing i started doing it encouraged women to apply for

google some of but so we created an average pro for women and but i

also said that okay like we should make it an ongoing initiative

but we started by encouraging women to bifocals summer of code and in two thousand

ten a that you're like we already had like mentors for that which problem for

women and we kind of did a round of introductions and they don't women list


you know also in the end like that were six applicants this year for google

summer of code and all only one participated two so again like not a very

high turnout so this is like when we realised we need to go back to

do in the dedicated internships

and this is how you noses poster came about and we went back to doing

dedicated internships

and we are aware doing them twice a year

and we had eight to twelve participants each round and also we decided to run

some around in parallel with google a summer of code as that a lot of

to you notice

in white women to apply for both programs and women code reason more students they

where able to participate in google summer of code and that would really

kicked up the number of women that we have in will summer of code

and also you know we have more women in a community now and last it

was seventeen percent women at the project and this year it's

eighteen percent and this year will also like we soon as a milestone which is

with triple the number of speakers a whole women at what it as a percentage

so we have twenty one percent women speakers of what to basically more women are

you know stepping up in our community and that's wonderful and

you know the program seem to work and i'm gonna talk more about

why was tickets working

so well we're doing this in brno it really does like had of other

free software project still like last year can really did this study of newcomers who've

joints twelve free several projects in the last three years

and for the norm fifty percent of respondents were women and for other project six

percent of respondents where women and like this is your to fifteen basics highest concentration

was stuff like an but still and we can be idea which was fifteen percent

that actually meant like to women replied from bikini D and three women replied from

a still and in fact like we had don't have more women responded and all

of the project combined

so people in the wider free software community of course nobody stand that disparity in


we're representation in the project and there is a lot of interest on the on

behalf of like all those projects to do something about it and since we already

had i'd say when in formula up we started inviting as organisations to join us

and last summer free separate conservancy was a twisted project joined us you know kind

of like stealing from want to which you know is people in computer science that

was like the hardest pro problem and then you know in the winter and then

this number of skilled from to too many and

and that's you can see the a good all martial artist girl is gonna poster

and now we have more of

free software robots

and the world

as a logo

so this is this is the information about how much the program has grown a

right now we have us thirty seven in terms participating was sixteen organisations and that

includes we comedian was the lot and you know not include linux kernel

open a morass lots of great projects

and you know at the same time like i mean the climate is changing the

culture's changing and in google summer of code goes we'll team and

i and the either initiative after that it be need to in course more women

to participate in free software are also be reflected in the fact that

just years there's a nine point five percent of google somehow of code participants the

women and like that number has been climbing from really low numbers in

earlier years and like another example that i have is that a bikini dear has

only ever had like one woman participative will summer of code before and because the

work which is to be in a in the access problem for women

this year as a summer they have seven out of about twenty of their google

summer of course participants this year are women so the can experience it can own

had with also increase in the number of women for just being able last summer

of code is like was basically replicated by a bikini D a

and accurately sponsors of the surround a longer than google are a really big general

sponsors and then mostly other musicians our sponsor in internships where people are contributing each

choose their initiation specifically

but yes of really just you know we're learning where working together with a lot

of great projects to advance women's participation in free software

and right had

if a having mean workmen's this which is great and ropes and great our we

go park with helped us dropped the contracts for everybody which is something we decided

to introduce this year as the program group

and so why it works first like when


people are applying i mean first things that we do is we address women directly

because this just seems to grab their attention to let them know that a like

that would thing might single unlike what they've observed around them this is something that

is really open to them and something that is welcome enforce them and we can

that woman was mentors which ensures that like to have a one on one attention

do an application process and we really

emphasise the application process what we want to see a house killed somebody is the

and also you know how much they're willing to learn

so we require a contribution during the application process for the application to be considered


i think is just like also really important to us that the people we bring


are qualified and you know both them and a and the community have a good

experience and also we ask people to spread the word far and wide interest from

marketing perspective making a sample tweet an example e-mail available for people you know helps

some spread the word for you

and then

during their internship

the reason

they need to be

they three months internships is because you know women often feel

quite behind when us a feast was technology where

kind of the after that you know if you guys we're born with the laptop

attached to them and women where so providing that focused opportunity to work and something

for three months to really developed experience

to basically catch up is essential for to jumpstart

a women's participation free software

and also we depart somewhat from like what's been typical for google summer school would

like google summer of code messages this originally was like prove your rock star propose

the project

in you know put like put you idea into reality and you know we actually

learned that doesn't quite work for global summer of code either so we kind of

changed approach to it as well so we're really try to emphasise a project that

unmanageable that allow participants like interns to land a tasks throughout the internship period kinda

happens beautification of lending something

and also definitely they have to be like agreed upon a basic community and

also relevant so you kinda have to accept at the project plan might change throughout

a so basically we define the actual for women insertions as more of a fellowship

which is more free flowing and

we apply that to will some of go to the extent that that's possible was

in the google summer of code framework

and another very important things that we're doing was interested but that we're requiring participants

to block every are two weeks

and first that increases the visibility of their work and second it let the community

know that women are participating make women a part of the community and i think


in brno we had a

of various moves

transition to have an a discourse

in the project that just gradually changed to be more a polite and to be

aware of the fact that women are part of the conversation like we're really never

had to like

force that issue and say like let's just like

drop all the corny jokes how but people became more sensitive overtime because women's voices

are visible in the community and you know you can contrast that for example with

like linux kernel which right now is have an like rampant discussions

about what is the appropriate language to be used on mailing

and i think that we're doing is the team

internships are

open to

balls non coders and

i believe that was in the previous slide

yes this is the programs open to both non students and not coders which basically

extensive field you know we want we definitely need to have outreach programs for designers

and translators

in general but at least right now we are able to do that was in

the out reach program for women

and nancy this is also very important because that basically allows women to transition into

work in a on free software

after this students you know and free suffer is not like notably has a little

barrier to entry you don't need to have a diploma to work on free software

so you know people from different walks of life can joint free suffering to join

with the help of the outreach program for women

and the couple of the points and this slide is that you know well

some like a woman might still be like the only woman in the project that

she's working on we have this community of interns where they can talk to each

other and kinda network and i have the support network of women who participate in

and of both men and women who are mentors in the program and you know

face to face communication like we're having here quite because very important and

you know that's what gets people addicted so we try to bring everybody to the

events and encourage other organisations to do the things in fact this front would be

introduced to five how hundred dollar allowance for travel affords the out from for women

insurance and that's actually some sort google some of code provides as well

for travelling to relevant events

and then

after the

program and you know we of course encourage

participants to stay involved to continue working with their mentors you nosy interaction soul but

cement are shipping teen years and i have also encouraging turns to present at conferences

and you know many step up to have very active roles in our community

and also like it's important for us as organisers to understand it's a good support

for both other from for women and google some of course to understand that

you know

people have their own life and like that

path like you know it's great to have like a very fast online so somebody

moved on two different community or to just do something entirely different

haven't been able to share of values was them and the values of free suffering

and knowing that more people understand it and can carries that message is also very


so that in itself is tremendous value and privilege of

have an you know being able to have those internships and providing those internship opportunities

and you know you might have seen some of those flights in my talk at

the A G M yesterday but here are some examples of how the alumnis of

the program are starting initiatives that in there


areas and also going off to conferences talking about the program

so now like to switch to like what did we learn and like how did

we applied to make known better for everybody

so one of my favourite

things that came out of this is that i don't know has a mentors list

that you know basically mentors for everybody in like i think the informal mentor ship

is just so important just like haven't this human touch like i'm just like remember

in like five years like i don't for this word a five yourself look at

this like a slide of like a hand with this smiley face and it's not

human touch and i think this is just so important at this is this is

you know people who can give you a hand right and going on now like

it started was like nine mentors for the actors problem for women people interested in

outreach problem for women and then we've just moved just list over just a than

a lot of initiative and right now has forty six mentors and i'd really cars

people to add themselves to it


along with that like of course we've been improving resources for everybody us in particular

with created and you commerce tutorial a step by step tutorial to take somebody through

the process of downloading in brno module submitting a bug for com submitted fix for

it cools in a bog so just really something that helps people get started and

about forty people have gone through system the last and months and then actually alters

from for women participants have worked on developer tutorials in multiple languages like ball and

javascript and see and pies and so we know have improve developer tutorials and along

was those we have you know other

initiatives that i'm not directly related to search for women but that are part of

our you know what we do to make

you know newcomers haven't immediately finding a their way starting with can also it's a

you know the can on lot harder and the every detail matters initiative by designers

where they identify a

bugs and features that they definitely want to see fixed and implemented in brno and

those a great beginner to intermediate task

and you know ever since that we did for the ad for women which is

kind applied to google summer of code as well i said before we did not

require tool summer of code applicants to engage with the project that they were applying

to work on do an application appeared we just said you know give us the

link to some bulk you sold in free software and i

this engagement and like during the application process and

seen simple bugs some simple patches land kinda makes a detective and very encouraging and

to the students and prepare is them to start to be ready to dive in

into their project so you know is i mentioned at the aegean we had like

an exceptionally high rate of engagements was i will summer of good students

this year and

we also require everybody to block see it used to be a requirement that people

have to send their updates to me a little list and then we realise that

the meal on this is mostly just being read by other insurance and we realise

that you know it's really good to get people to just blog on the planet

and you know get the feedback from the community and you know just kind of

also feel more integrated with the community and again we have the size more manageable

agreed-upon tasks instead of like grant idea projects

and you know we do things together like for a you know which free bows

programs as our outreach program both google summer of code and outreach group for women

so for example

you know what do i i'd yearbook a post last year and this year with

old interns

your screen there

never believe very special and to see and then do have participated in both programs

and that

and you want to more for quite a few actually

and tiffany

and those the things you can do it to help like you know first just

be mentor you know put yourself out there so that you know somebody can get

your help and become as awesome as you are

and also you know think about the beginners how like how would the beginner approach

your project like have good resources for them have step by step tutorials you know

be ready to point to

easy tasks i think you know i said like we have too much of

you know kind of scratch around each at this is where we just in well

like your newcomer like you know

what do you want to work on like to have a grand vision and really

i just and that we need to do a better job in a directing newcomers


small tasks that are definitely something that we want those that we maximise how good

their experience of landing that first batch is how likely it is that we will

help them and that actual and because that's something that we want to see landed

so maximise in the good experience over you know prove your rock star it's i

think it's a good approach

and then a for both the opportunities that we ask people to promote when you

know we have the internships and for any opportunities that you know but in your

city you know we are now collecting you know

information about women groups in different cities and different lot calls and those two links


you know and both of them if you go to the outer sprung for women

spread the word you can find they are the links there as well and i

think it's just

you know and the second link is basically like women in computer science groups in

universities so if there is an advantage and you're like well women are just not

sure not they're not interested i know that's not the keys just invite them invite

them like take you know take make the extra effort to

and information about events to of women in technology list in the area it really

makes a difference

and also and i think that

we followed and like you know we're really fun this was quite it because like

you know last year we had as many women at the conference

but without us like actually encouraging women to

to as well to supply talks and do talks

i think fewer would have been doing that this year and that's something that a

conference organisers across free software have found that you know when you typically approach an

out and out some like do you have an idea for a talk at the

conference they would like brainstorm five ideas was you and when you approach you woman

she would say well i'm not and that i'm not the expert and like you

know and the ideas that like you don't have to be the expert you can

be an expert you know something talk about it and so making an extra effort

to encourage women to say yes you have things to talk about please go and

talk about it at the conference really

make sense in

promoting the visibility of women in the project


you know more

specifically also you know if you're the companies it's not yet sponsor not rich problem

for women a please consider getting your company to sponsor an internship

and you know if you're donating money to the confrontation you couldn't possibly here mark

damped was the a control for women were basically go and each and sponsors outreach

problem for women internships itself so you know and intonation to signal condition would help

with that


i also would like to talk about a couple

other initiatives that are making the free suffers base more welcoming to women because you

know we we're really need to climate change and i think what we're doing and

don't is like at a really big part of the climate change but

you know nobody can do it alone and it's great to have different decision approach

and it from different angles and i'd say that all's serene like post can open

teach an open hatch and need initiative are confronted in a question of a low

participation of women in free software from three different angles and so here just kind

of funny that like you know this looks like a chicken and then tag and

we do have the bit over chicken an ad problem we are you know few

women are participating in free software because few women are participating in free software and

they don't think that the are culture is friendly to women's participation so those two

organisations there are trying to solve this problem from two different angles open hatch is

running workshops a for students

at universities and they probably around like over a dozen workshops right now a believe

all somewhere in united states but they're they have exceptional materials online for their workshops

and write ups from sam and they usually try to organise those workshops rules the

women in computer science other groups at the university like they open to all students

but they would make this extra effort to invite women and basically those are introduction

to free software like what is free software what is tools used for free software

and help in a participants fix simple box across different projects


eight initiative is

approaches this from a different angle where they had taken make a really big picture

view of what do we need to do to make a culture friendlier to women

so they have a created an anti harassment policy of version of which we are

has been adopted by over a hundred free supper conferences including quite that they're creating

the running at camp of and

once or twice a year is that a bring women interested in open technology and

culture together and the last event had about two hundred

participants and also had an L extract from an a to

to help kinda

distill how many can be helpful and in

promoting discos and you know it like i've been to i to cams and it's

a fantastic of and because you see a lot of like minded people you

see a lot of people like doing things to

to change you know to change the ratio and also just doing all some stuff

in you know in their projects

so more things that you can do a to help with those organisations which would

also promote our participation of women in free software is the

create an open hatch profile so like they also have an online component where i

think norm should be better represented in the fact that we are friendly project and

as they have

you know profiles for mentors on their side that i encourage people to create and

also they have contests material so you can austin open hedge workshop and they have

like also like those like

online missions fully cluring different batch and get

and also you like installation instructions that you can use doing that workshop

you know if you are

run in organising a conference you should seriously consider have an anti harassment policy


also at camp is a fantastic event in a the usually have a portion of

it that's you know for women only and of course that for men and women

so i'd encourage tendon it because

you know that gives you a big picture of what's happening in free software across

all of free software up to make it more diapers

and also it can't i am so i recently be team and advisor for the

E D initiative so i definitely feel very passionate about

they of course because i think we need this big picture change when users

all too much at the current for women in free software


you know is doing something that's like very complimentary to what the confrontation is doing

and they have just or their find raised in drive for this year and it's

basically an organisation that's run by two people and one of them was a choral

and filesystems hacker attract had just you know had to quit her job and start

this nonprofit and they're not looking to hire third person and a i think it's

just it's an essential organisation for a promoting to diversity in free software so i

would really encourage people to donate to it and also open hatches a fantastic because

the kind of few works that they're doing is much needed so you know as

it run an open hatch workshop may university in your city would donate to open

hexes that they can com to university or invite them to come to a your



so i've tentatively scheduled the women attack a ball a two four P M on

wednesday so we can

have more of a discussions there and you know we you purposefully leaving this like

very open ended you know we can just talk about anything to talk about doctors

problem for women but we also can talk just about you know challenges that like

why we're doing any sin in particular about women's participation in free software in technology


like what is a situation like why

like why we

doing this write a so yes is there is a boston thank you and other


so scores since D those don't so much from you know one just those

to so many other or incisions this year you are

experience like any growing pains

if you see what i mean

yes i most about growing pains have been technical which you like really well from

are familiar with like we need an application system and you know i know that

to be on an entry it's and we have some great to get involved with

help that's build

an application system because i couldn't handle and this over a mailing list and it

kind of worked when we have like thirty five applicants will be known but this

year we had like a hundred over a hundred applicants a across a the sixteen

organisations and it became i completely unmanageable through mailing list so i said let's like

our biggest growing pain that we need an application system but it's i think really

like one

abbreviations join us like they have you know basically like condor parts of me like

they are who are like really excited to a

to participate in to run it so it does have like this kind of distributed

a few of google summer of code even though we do try to you know

provide more ideas about how to make this work us as a user consistent requirements

across all projects and i haven't really mentioned it but

i had it on

one of the slides and that's like

you have to planet know it's my favourite login aggregate or i don't know i

sure really big favourite between planet norman a women in free software planted i highly

recommend everyone to like added to the roster of what street it's extremely it's inspirational

so in addition to be included on the planets a of stay organisation organisations we

possibly interns to be included on this planet

any more questions

you may not a how do you think we can improve and the you know

the sticking around radio of participants i mean specially in google somewhere code a lot

of participants did not stick around after two program and this is we could apply

for improvement is more successful than some of couldn't to dot extension as far as

i know but still there a certain number of participants that did not stick around

but leaving we could do was a community members mentors all of us


so i think like what been better

about it for a whole summer of code as well so i definitely things that

have an very high standards during the selection process it's very important have this like

engagement period where

the applicants already knows the mentor and have already like shown what what's a capable

of during the application process is essential for us to be selecting the right candidates

and then i you know i think

mentioned you know i feel like the stickiness factor is good

but i feel like it's not like

and ultimate measure of success in some ways because

if you like you know it's normal that you know people might develop also interested

people might want to pursue other interests you know so i think it's


haven't like people have a good experience and like learn what it is like what

free staffers about what can almost about itself is extremely valuable but decided like you

know we should just you know engage was people you know engage before they it

a do an application process engage during the internship you know bring people to a

lot of you know

but you know like i feel like you know people are here because of course

you know like there are a lot of winters in this room and of course

we would like you to stick we you know we're happy to have you here

but i also don't want anybody feels oppressed are just

O B I minutes left any other questions

have you run into any challenges term so maybe tour jury interactions that you know

that you have to overcome

it varies and

i have the work individual pieces

which i would say like would usually be pretty individual cases where

i mean

you know we you know we had some you know that there is the spectrum

writing somebody might be like very much hands off as a mentor or somebody might

be you know kinda you know we had like a situation where one person the


ourself the mentor and like not and gone home but just

the example like and

started like

really given so much guidance is that it was overwhelming and they it was like

not see can experience we want people to have like you know we wanted to

be a fellowship where you know you were accomplishments speak for themselves a and we

don't what we don't want it to be a stressful situation and so you know

if somebody decided that they need to micro manage an intern like you know that

we don't want that a you know we will see don't want somebody to like

really like

not be present into i was like the inter reaches out doesn't like it's a

spectrum and you know there is definitely human factor in this then you know sometimes

interns like you know have things of their own have an and live that you

might affect like you know how they are doing with the program so yes of

human factor i would just try to make ourselves available offer both mentors and interest

to talk to us of is the right issues and hopefully try to help resolve

some and so this

and also like mentors like happened you know varied expectations

you know i think like

again like i approach is very much as a fellowship you know people change direction

a you know just


i think the approach is more relaxed and like just like giving people the opportunity

to develop themselves and you know some mentors that to use to like very like

creature it like will some of course structure so we need to talk to sam's

of this

not helping would like just

anybody else have any questions we just

so what's next i mean we've been expanding the program a lot a lot of

other organisations are participating and we have a lot of participants

what what's next what's your to train and then there i

i'm here

that's a good question

i still feel like you know the program has like grown so much in this

year is that we just need to iterate and like

like you know just be more mature was like an application system and you know

of course you know there are hundred fifty of so free stuff organisations participating in

google summer of code and like you know the percentage of women participating with a

across a little what was like nine point five percent and percentage of women was

organisations participate in both all P W and google summer what was more like searching

point five percent

i mean basically next is that

the world joins us you know we take over the world

no she

so do you think there will be a meg you know she ask what's coming

next and do you think there will be a moment when we want to need

that next

time to happen like you know like we feel like

we are integrated right so it's a it's a great question and i think it's

a great question "'cause" i have and answers that i thought of what and i

like that question and which is a you know well internally we might feel that

we are integrated and you know for all we know we will reach fifty percent

participation right in a you know we will feel like that

you know

you know women and men feel equally comfortable in the community a but you know

the world outside of us like has a lot of stereotypes and the lists are

attached and not going to we easily so externally

people might still like not know how open we are internally so we ice i

think that will

will needs to be doing this for a long time


i just like sky you use an spoke about a contract

in the air in E in the options we complement this within their first previously

well what is this about how and where can we read more about it

i'm just checking like are we running over no we have to three two minutes

okay so

so it's illegal contract for that mentors and interns assigned because we just we realised

that you know we need to formalise it more like this has been very much

a grassroots effort for the confrontation a but out as we have more actors in

the legal sense in that you know we need to protect the confrontation so you

know things like you know that's

give a mentor is

you know acting badly towards an interim but things are is that minutes use a

confrontation it's that type of things and that the you know the basically that it's

a contract that project that you know foundation

from seen that are basically outside of our control and it's basically something that you

know karen you know where really helped us implement and worked with

as a rope and great a that this for us

so that i will or a yes it's a little for it's a little from

that the problem no work for norman diaspora wanna work for the common

you know other for other things

i just ask one more one last question a well what is that we will

be the what exactly are the mentors agreed you went when we think is

each you can put a contract because they have to be about even they can

see no foundation that's all fine you know from a legal point if you that

makes right sense are we started ignore foundation why you know how easy it just

right it's a sign some so it's mentors across all those sixteen organisations participate in

this year so it's people we don't know

is it's not just the confrontation are a male members it's people across many organisations

and i don't remember like this specifics of the terrace but i mean some of

it is basically just saying you know how you will be available and provide help

to see in turn

i mean maybe there is like a reverse statement that like


you know inter and you know all the problem for our mentors and ugliness you

that know phonation like it's basically

i mean i'll probably have to talk to cared about was a we can make

those are public or you know like and show them to anybody interested

but basically we just have like so many people involves this now that we have

like that we don't know that we needed to formalise

okay that's good

anybody else i mentioned

i think that you know if you know it's about time alright thank you thank

you everybody number first of all