Ubuntu Women at vUDS 1311 session summary

On Tuesday the Ubuntu Women project participated in the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit along with various other teams throughout the Ubuntu project to plan our work for the next cycle.

Topics included:

  • Continue work on GetInvolved pages and collaboration with community.ubuntu.com
  • Expansion of our BestPractices to go beyond LoCo advice
  • The proposed outreach project for women for the Ubuntu Community (UWOP)
  • Hosting of more CareerDays sessions

The blueprint has been updated with notes and work items from the session (scroll down to “Whiteboard” and below those notes, “Work Items”):


Full video from the session is available here:

We tried to capture all the discussion in the notes and mention comments from IRC in the video, but for reference (it may be confusing on its own!) the IRC log that goes along with this video is available here:


Thanks to everyone who was able to participate on video and on IRC! Discussion of our plans for the next 6 months will continue on the Ubuntu Women mailing list and at upcoming meetings, the next being held on Tuesday December 10th, 2013 @ 18:00 UTC.

Evaluating harvest.ubuntu.com

Several years ago the Harvest project was launched.

Harvest makes it easy to find low-hanging opportunities in Ubuntu. It aggregates the mass of todo lists we use every day so it’s simple to find and coordinate work.

Unfortunately in spite of efforts by Daniel Holbach and others on the project, it never really took off.

During a recent Ubuntu Women team meeting we were discussing some of the major take-aways from our survey results and identified that a lot of folks still struggle on the technical side to find something small to work on. Silvia Bindelli remembered the Harvest project and in collaboration with Svetlana Belkin launched Project Harvest, an effort to evaluate the running harvest site. Once the evaluation is complete we will have a better idea of whether it will fit our needs and work to improve it.

Around the Garden

Our current plan is as follows for evaluation stage:

  1. Find several people who are interested in getting involved and willing to be test subjects
  2. Have them visit harvest.ubuntu.com and start browsing
  3. Once they’ve had a look through, have them report back about whether they find it intuitive to use and useful for finding things to work on
  4. Bugs (from “I can’t figure out how to use it” to “this feature would help a lot!”) can be reported to the Ubuntu Women mailing list (please sign up), in the Feedback section of the wiki page or directly to the bug tracker at https://bugs.launchpad.net/harvest/+bugs

Please sign up and contact us on the mailing list or by adding your name to the wiki if you wish to get involved and join the discussion. We also often hang out in #ubuntu-women (unlogged) and #ubuntu-women-project (logged) on freenode.

“What People Are Doing” Wiki Page Story Call

Happy Ada Lovelace Day! In celebration, we present a project put together by Ubuntu Women member Svetlana Belkin (belkinsa).

She is seeking stories of how our members of Ubuntu Women got involved with Ubuntu and its community in order to inspire other women to get involved.

She has created a page titled “What People are Doing” and this page will contain the stories. She welcoming members to e-mail her at barsookmud@yahoo.com with their story in order to be posted on the page. She also is allowing those who can edit wiki pages, to add the story themselves.


If you have any questions, you can also e-mail Svetlana.

Ubuntu Women Survey 2013 Results: Part 2

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our survey in August! We had a total of 110 responses, almost a quarter of whom had never heard of the project before filling out the survey.

We have split up these results into 2 posts. In the first we shared the raw statistics, you can visit that post here: Ubuntu Women Survey 2013 Results: Part 1. In this post we’re sharing a representative sampling of the key findings from the write-in responses.

If there is something you wish we were doing or doing more of, what would it be?

For this question the overwhelming response was that we need to do better, less passive outreach, a sampling of those responses:

  • Target potential users in a better way.
  • [I am a developer and] I’d like if there was more information on whom to contact to get more actively involved.
  • I want to see/hear “Ubuntu wants you to contribute, and we [Ubuntu Women Project] will help you figure out how to do that!”
  • More outreach and education to women with little/no programming experience
  • Offer mentoring for contributing code to Ubuntu. I want to contribute code and want help.
  • It’s often really hard to see where relative beginners would be able to jump in and contribute to the community

It was also great to see some concrete ideas come out of this:

  • Create online projects for women they could work on maybe in teams online … These projects could include parts of Ubuntu (from easier like promoting Ubuntu to heavy like how to create first patch for Ubuntu – it could be kernel, it could be some package)
  • Offer internships, ie participate in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women or Google Summer of Code
  • Get some of the interviews published in a more widely read Linux magazine or popular website so a wider audience could read them
  • Find more stories about kids and specifically girls who like playing with Raspberry Pi, Scratch or similar. It is easier to engage kids
  • More marketing in localized regions and work to bring up a program for potential female leaders
  • Making sure images of women were included (and not excluded) in any relevant media. e.g. http://community.ubuntu.com as having visuals of female role models can spur female involvement

We don’t currently have the resources to tackle all of this, but I’m really excited to see the feedback and have these ideas so we have something to discuss moving forward so we know the kind of talent we need to attract to our project.

Any other comments or feedback for the project

Many of the responses were very kind – thank you everyone!

Aside from that, the comments centered around us needing to be more visible, as 25% of respondents hadn’t heard of us before this survey, and having more a more succinct project description that makes it easy for new contributors to find our resources.

We’ll be referring back to these responses regularly as we move forward and craft our goals for the next cycle, which begins later this month. We’re also planning on doing more in-depth surveys about specific programs to get feedback from the community about how we’re doing.

Scavenger Hunt Results!

In August the Ubuntu Women project launched an online scavenger hunt for women in our community to highlight facts about women in technology and help encourage the learning of interesting trivia about Ubuntu.

The hunt has concluded and results are in! We had 38 submissions, and 9 that were 100% correct.

Those 9 were:

  • Anna Pudane
  • Bobbie Lynn Eicher
  • Catherine Miller
  • Dulshani Gunawardhana
  • Aruna Sankaranarayanan
  • Sarah Patane
  • Romina Caraba
  • Tamara Fisher
  • Ursula Junque

Of those 9, we used a random number generator to select 3 winners for the availale prizes:

  • Bobbie Lynn Eicher
  • Sarah Patane
  • Tamara Fisher


Congratulations to our winners! They had their choice of either a webcam or Ubuntu jewelry, and all of their prizes have been sent.

And huge thanks to everyone who participated and helped us run this event, we hope you learned a thing or two about Ubuntu and women in technology! 🙂

See our wiki page for the full list of questions and answers: http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Events/Competitions/ScavengerHunt

Last 5 days to enter the UW Scavenger Hunt!

We are entering the final days of the 2013 Scavenger Hunt! Don’t miss the chance to win a webcam or Ubuntu Jewelry!



Ubuntu Women Survey 2013 Results: Part 1

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our survey! We had a total of 110 responses, almost a quarter of whom had never heard of the project before filling out the survey.

We’re going to split up these results into 2 posts. In this one we’ll share the raw statistics and soon we hope to review and organize the written in responses to share in a second post soon.




Note: All questions were optional, which is why these numbers don’t all add up to 110


Discussion about these results and how they impact our goals during the next cycle will take place on the Ubuntu Women mailing list and at upcoming Ubuntu Women Meetings. Join us!

Ubuntu Women Scavenger Hunt

The Ubuntu Women Project is happy to announce that we have put together an online scavenger hunt for women in our community to highlight facts about women in technology and help encourage the learning of interesting trivia about Ubuntu!

Participants will answer 15 questions that can be answered by searching online, see the end of this post for the link. All questions must be answered, winners will be selected randomly from the pool of completed surveys that have the most correct answers.


Three winners will be chosen, and they will have their choice of ONE of the following:

Logitech Webcam C615

The new virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit is online and people participate via webcam on Google+, join in with this great new Logitech webcam!


Ubuntu Earrings and Necklace set from Boutique Academia

Made by Boutique Academia, show your love for Ubuntu with this beautiful necklace and earring set! The winner has a choice of gold or rhodium.




Submission rules are as follows:

  • The person submitting the answers must identify as female
  • Entrants certify that they looked for the answers themselves (it’s fine to ask for help, but the majority of the searching must be your own!)
  • Only one submission per person (we will match up the name, city and country you provide with the location we send prizes to and only send to those which match)
  • Only fully completed entries will be checked

Entries will be accepted until 23:59 UTC on September 13th.

Begin the Scavenger Hunt!

To get started with the scavenger hunt go to this form: Ubuntu Women 2013 Scavenger Hunt

If you have any questions, please contact Cheri Francis at cheri703@ubuntu.com

Updates to this competition will be tracked on the wiki page: http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Events/Competitions/ScavengerHunt
Happy hunting!

The First Ubuntu Women Survey

At the last virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit we decided to do survey of our community to learn what people expected from the Ubuntu Women project and how effective we were at providing what folks were looking for.

The survey is now online!

The anonymous results from the survey will be shared with the community and used to better determine how the team members spend their time and what projects we should promote and focus on as we move forward. All questions are optional, but filling them out helps us understand our demographic.

The form “Ubuntu Women Project 2013 Survey” is no longer accepting responses.

You can also fill out this form by going directly to this short URL: http://goo.gl/CXem63

The survey will be open through August 31st.

Ubuntu Women at vUDS 1305 session summary

Silvia Bindelli and Cheri Francis worked to prepare the Ubuntu Women session at the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit last week where the following was covered:

Plans for an information-based online scavenger-hung competition that the team will be doing in the coming months. We’re currently seeking volunteers to assist coming up with questions related to women in tech and Ubuntu and to work with us when “grading” the answers that come in.

A user poll to see how the team could be most effective in serving our audience of women interested in Ubuntu. We have found that the project needs a bit of an adjustment every couple of years to refocus on our current targets as Ubuntu and the open source ecosystem evolves.

Finally, much of the session was spent discussing our intention to further collaborate with other groups seeking to encourage women in open source (and in technology in general). A couple of our members will be attending Ada Camp in San Francisco next month and hope to make some connections there. We’re also reaching out to our current community members who are involved in other groups.

Thanks to everyone who participated and we’re looking forward to continuing discussions and work on all these items in the coming months.

Video from our session is available here:

Blueprint for the next few months can be found here: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu-women.org/+spec/community-1305-ubuntu-women