Re: Summer Interns for GNOME Accessibility
- From: "Steve Lee" <steve fullmeasure co uk>
- To: "Willie Walker" <William Walker sun com>
- Cc: Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org>, gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Summer Interns for GNOME Accessibility
- Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 17:04:12 +0000
All I can add is 'wow'.
2009/1/6 Willie Walker <William Walker sun com>:
> This is AWESOME! Many thanks for your promotion of accessibility and for
> getting GNOME some resources.
> We should talk about this in the weekly #a11y meetings on irc.gnome.org, but
> there's a whole bunch of ideas at
> Some of the things on the top of my list are Evince accessibility and WebKit
> accessibility. Both require a bit of in-depth knowledge, though, and would
> require some strong mentoring.
> Another area, which is pretty cool and could use some help, is MouseTrap.
> It has a good start, and I'm sure Flavio would welcome help.
> Other areas include improving the out-of-the-box experience of GOK, helping
> "fix" speech, testing, etc.
> In any case, the above are just quick thoughts off the top of my head and
> are not meant to detract from anything I neglected to mention.
> Do you have any deadlines or dates where we'd need to get our act together?
> Stormy Peters wrote:
>> GNOME Accessibility folks,
>> We have the opportunity to have two summer interns working on GNOME
>> Accessibility issues during the summer of 2009. We just need to come up with
>> projects and mentors!
>> At the Grace Hopper conference this year I went to a panel about the
>> Humanitarian FOSS Project, www.hfoss.org <http://www.hfoss.org/>. As a
>> result I met Trishan de Lanerolle, the project director, as well as
>> Professor Ralph Morelli from Trinity College.
>> The Humanitarian FOSS project is bringing students into software
>> development by appealing to them with open source humanitarian projects.
>> They've had a lot of success over the past two years. They bring all the
>> students together on a university campus, house them, pay them and give them
>> open source software projects to work on. The students have access to each
>> other, professors and remote mentors from the project. Past projects have
>> included working on disaster recovery software, volunteer scheduling
>> software and medical imaging software.
>> Another benefit from my perspective is that the humanitarian aspect brings
>> in people that might not traditionally have been drawn to open source. (They
>> were at the Grace Hopper conference because last summer's group included
>> quite a few women.)
>> Their project is 100% funded by an NFS grant right now although they'd
>> like to have companies fund additional interns in the future.
>> What is being offered to us:
>> * Two interns during the summer of 2009, housed at Trinity, paid by
>> Trinity, with professors to help them.
>> What we would need to come up with:
>> * Projects:
>> o projects that a novice coder could get started on
>> o humanitarian focus (accessibility is good)
>> o something they can make good progress and complete in a summer
>> * Mentors
>> o mentoring is done via email and skype
>> Does this sound like a good idea? Something you are interested in?
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