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Outreah Program For Women poster

Debian is participating in the 7th Round of the Free & Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women.


Debian has been encouraging women to increase their engagement in the free software community for many years. We strongly believe this is a win-win situation for women (who open up new opportunities for themselves through community networking) and the wider free software movement (who benefit from the untapped potential of talented female developers). Statistics show that although we have increased the number of women participants, we still have plenty of room to grow. With this initiative we hope more women will see opportunities to become involved in the Debian project.

For whom

Any woman who has not previously participated in an Outreach Program for Women or Google Summer of Code and is not yet a Debian Developer nor a Debian Maintainer. There is no age restriction and you don't need to be a student to apply.


October 1

application period opens

October 1 - November 10

applicants need to get in touch with at least one project and make a contribution to it

November 11

application deadline at 7pm UTC

November 25

accepted participants announced on this page at 7pm UTC

December 10 - March 10

internship period

What to do

  1. Choose a project

  2. Make a small contribution.
    • Once you have chosen your project, contact its corresponding mentor and ask him/her what small contribution related to the project you could do.
  3. Send an application. To send your application for participating in a Debian project, you should:
    1. use the Application Template

    2. add your application to the OPW Applications list

    3. email opw@debian.org with a link to your application

Please, read more about this program here: https://live.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen


We offer two kind of projects: coding projects and non-coding projects. Coding projects are the same projects as in GSoC program, they are also available for the OPW program.

Where to start

Debian is a huge project, so we have created a welcoming atmosphere:

Coordinators of the program:

Former coordinators:


Round 7