We’re extremely excited to announce that the RailsGirls Summer of Code student application is now open!
The Berlin team, especially the incredible Rails Girls Hero Sven from Travis CI have been working unimaginably hard to bring this to you. Big ups!!
RailsGirls Summer of Code is a project that aims at lowering barriers for RailsGirls students to participate in Open Source projects. It is about encouraging, motivating and helping newcomers to learn and eventually provide valuable, significant contributions to the world of Open Source.
Following the footsteps of Google Summer of Code and Ruby Summer of Code students will be paid so they’re free to work on Open Source projects for a few months. Open Source projects set goals and name mentors. Coaches help students to get started, keep motivated and be successful.
What’s a bit different this time is that the RailsGirls Summer of Code is not about pushing sophisticated, high-end code that very few people could write. It is about lowering barriers, connecting people, motivating newcomers and raising diversity. Remember, all open source projects are not just about code, an eye for desig or other could well be needed!
Any project is elegible as long as it’s open source. Especially projects that:
- offer the chance for a student to do a significant, valuable contribution
- are simple, yet challenging enough that a beginner will be able to complete it in a time frame of three months or less.
A project can include anything that helps open source like: Bug fixing, implementing small features, documentation, design, etc. Anything that will allow a student to both apply her experience and grow with the challenge.
We invite all around the world who:
- Attended at least one Rails Girls or similar Ruby introduction workshop.
- Expanded their Ruby skills after the workshop in a study group or independently by working on a Ruby project.
- Can spend at least two and ideally three months this summer working on the project.
- Have found another student to pair up with and a coach (we can help with that).
An ideal group to apply would consist of two students (who will both be paid) and one or more coaches (who won’t be paid). No status as a student at a university is necessary, and there are certainly no degree or age limitations. This initiative is focused on bringing more women into the world of open source. Men are not excluded, however women are given priority and we hope that all understand the need for this. Let’s hope there’s no need for prioritizing in a few years time ;)
If you want to attend Rails Girls Summer of Code as a student, then head over to their homepage and read the Student Application Process page: here!
About the editor: Henrietta is a Rails Girls bigsys since a few years and so happy to see this spur from all the efforts of the Berlin team, Travisci and all the community once again supporting! She also loves: cats, robotics, living material and this planet.