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Call for Outreachy 2019 proposals!

by gauravano , warren | March 11, 2019 23:43 11 Mar 23:43 | #18518 | #18518

With support from the DIAL Open Source Center, we're again part of Outreachy -- which recruits software contributors to work on open source projects:

Outreachy provides three-month internships to work in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 and have a $500 travel stipend available to them. Outreachy internship projects may include programming, user experience, documentation, illustration and graphical design, or data science. Interns often find employment after their internship with Outreachy sponsors or in jobs that use the skills they learned during their internship.

Outreachy internships are open to applicants around the world. Interns work remotely with mentors from FOSS communities.We expressly invite women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people to apply. We also expressly invite applications from residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.

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This will be our second time working with Outreachy although we've been fans for some time. Learn more about the program and get involved!

So, we're asking applicants to start posting their proposals for comment, here.

You will still have to post your official proposals on the Outreachy website. But we'd like to hear how different applicants build out their proposals based on our project description, Publiclab.org UI Improvements, here. Read on!


Outreachy's application deadline is the 26th of March. Full timeline here!

Get familiar with the project

We've posted a welcome page for Outreachy people here! Say hello!

Once you've made an initial starting contribution to our codebase (we're happy to help you with this on our welcome page here), the next step is to read carefully through our project description and ask questions, here.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments below, or to join our chat channel at https://publiclab.org/chat

Our welcoming page will help you understand how we collaborate, and we'll be there to help you take your first step. As many of you have done already, try tackling a first-timers-only issue, to get an idea of how to become a contributor!

Post a proposal for comment

Once you've read through some of these ideas and become a bit more familiar with our projects, it's time to post a proposal of your own.

You don't need to have a complete proposal to post here -- share your thoughts early and we'll help you refine your proposal, and help you plan something that's right for you.

We've created a template for you to post a proposal here. Click this button to begin:

Start drafting a proposal

Note: Outreachy's official application is directly to the Outreachy organization, through their website. But we would like all Outreachy applicants to post a proposal here as well, because:

  • we will review proposals here in looking over applications and indicating our preferences to folks leading up to March 26th
  • we think it's great to have a dialogue with teams
  • we'd like to know specifically about your planning process in tackling a project or set of projects
  • we're friendly!

Read other proposals

Before or after you post your own draft, read through others' listed below. Your best comments and input may come from other applicants!

You can also read through past proposals for Outreachy at https://publiclab.org/tag/outreachy-2018-proposals and proposals for similar programs here: #call-for-proposals


Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Outreachy proposal: @Reenesa over 1 year ago 2
Outreachy proposal: Refine Geographic UI and JS Integration for PublicLab.org @christie_reni over 1 year ago 16
Outreachy proposal: Refine Geographic UI and JS Integration for PublicLab.org @natalie_stjean over 1 year ago 7
SOC proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow @anan12 over 2 years ago 5
Outreachy proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @tonchuks over 2 years ago 14
Outreachy Proposal 2019 For Public Lab: @gautami_gg over 2 years ago 12
Outreachy proposal: Extend Leaflet Environmental Layers with new layer menu and layer addition workflow @priya17081 over 2 years ago 12
Outreachy proposal: PublicLab.org UI Improvements @divyabaid16 over 2 years ago 13
Outreachy proposal: Revamp the website interface and add User friendly features @vanshika421 over 2 years ago 5
Outreachy proposal: PublicLab.org UI Improvement @madeofhuman over 2 years ago 16
Outreachy'19 Proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @IshaGupta18 over 2 years ago 21
Outreachy proposal: Public Lab UI Improvements @anan12 over 2 years ago 7
Outreachy proposal: PublicLab.org UI Improvements @Getty over 2 years ago 19
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Please ask questions! We're very friendly and we love welcoming new people into our community.


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@gauraveno We can start proposing proposals right. So that there could be some discussion and suggestions by the mentors ?

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Yes @lekhidugtal, you can post your proposal anytime before March 26. We recommend to post it early so we can have the discussion, suggest changes, etc. Thanks!

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@gauravano. Can I post the designs. As the project for outreachy is more about UI improvements.

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Sure @lekhidugtal, you can make your proposal as detailed as you want.

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@gauravano I have already filled the Application on Outreachy website. Is it compulsory to post the application here as well?

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Hi @shreyateeza, it's not compulsory. We suggest posting the Outreachy proposal here as it helps us better understand the project via discussion with the aspirants and may also help you to refine as well, with input from others.


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We are looking forwards for supportive folks. Make sure to do 1. at least one PR review each week and

make some FTO issues in each week to involve new contributors inside your projects. People will love to be part of big projects. It is a great feeling to help others.

Please take out a day from timeline from each month at end of each phase of SoC fellowship to write about what you learnt and did in the period. Earlier it was not compulsory. But let's make it compulsory. By this mentors will be able to access your progress. Don't forget to mention the ftos which you created during this period. Also mention the PR reviews which you did.

We are planning for video calls I'm each month during SoC program. So, it will be great to see you all.

These are small activities which can lead to better and supportive community at PL. All participants all programs are encourage to write these in their proposals.

Thanks and best of luck.

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Three more optional suggestions: If you were a GCI mentor please mention it in your proposal. We will give extra credit to these long term collaborators. Second, it will be great to have a conference or seminar at your university about Public Lab and the programs which are held here. It is optional. No compulsion at all. Thirdly, help each other in writing their proposals by giving suggestions under the proposals.

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Hi @lekhidugtal - i noticed you have a draft started (i'm an admin, but don't worry i didn't read it!) I wanted to say you are very welcome to share a draft for input and we would be happy to help you refine it. No pressure as we're not at the deadline yet, but just wanted you to know that sharing a draft early is perfectly OK and in fact encouraged! Thank you!!! I know you've been super active on the project recently too 😃

Thanks to everyone for your proposals so far! I wanted to note also that we have opened a second project, which we are not 100% confirmed we'll be accepted for yet, but are hopeful. It relates to Leaflet Environmental Layers, and you can read more about it here:


as well as in this issue:


Thank you!!! 🎉

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Hi @jywaren. Thank you so much for your advise. I was bit under-confident and was still brainstorming and writing the proposal that's why didn't posted it earlier but your words encouraged me. I posted my proposal for the same. https://publiclab.org/notes/lekhidugtal/03-23-2019/soc-proposal-enhancing-the-ui-of-publiclab-and-relevant-changes-to-server It would be great to have reviews and feedbacks from everyone. Thanks !!!! :)))

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Hi @vanshika421 - i saw you had a proposal posted before, but it doesn't appear now. Was that intentional on your part? Are you having any difficulties with it? Please feel free to ask and if you'd prefer to email me I'm at jeff@publiclab.org, and I am a mentor and project coordinator for our Outreachy program at Public Lab. Thank you!

Hi all - I'm going through these today to review (for real this time, sorry I kept getting held up!).

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OK, everyone - thanks again! I left comments on each proposal, but please read the comments on each others' proposals- there's lots in there that's relevant for everyone! Thanks so much for your efforts here, and for you continued work in coding and welcoming people in the community!

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Hi @anan12, I noticed you have a draft started for LEL project. You are very welcome to share a draft for input and we would be happy to help you refine it. As we are near the deadline(just some hours left) so I would advise you to post the draft to take review from @warren and other members. Thank you!

Also, if anyone else want to submit a proposal, you are most welcome.


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Sure @gauravano , I just shared it. Thanks :)

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Hi everyone! Just left another round of comments. Thank you all so much for your proposals!

Also, copying in from https://github.com/publiclab/plots2/issues/5022 :

Finally, we also recommend that people consider applying to the Summer of Code programs listed here -- you can use the same application as for Outreachy, or choose another from our ideas list (see the link):


This is because, although Google Summer of Code is not the same, we expect to see quite a few more slots funded by Google in that program and would love to consider your applications as part of that program too. Thank you, and we're happy to answer questions about it! The timeline is a little further back, and applications just opened. If you'd like to cross-list your proposal, please just add the tag soc-2019-proposals to your Outreachy proposal and it will be cross-listed, then apply to GSoC at:


Please note that requirements for applicants are quite different, but for those of you who meet GSoC's requirements, we would love to see your applications there too to increase the chances that we could accept more of you! Thank you!

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