The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology was founded in 1997 by Anita Borg as the Institute for Women in Technology. The institute was preceded by two of its current programs: Systers and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Systers, the first online community for women in computing, was founded in 1987 by Anita Borg.
Systers is the world’s largest email community of women in technical computing roles with more than 7,500 members from more than 65 countries. It hosts 23 different affinity groups where women technologists can connect with and offer support to members of their self-identified cultures.
Systers open source projects lives here on the web.
Systers has its projects divided into the following two sets :
Anita Borg Institute | Systers , have very specific needs to help them internally and externally with managing volunteers and having a Systers (and sub groups) portal. Systers, along with other sub-groups, have several channels where information is disseminated. A portal for Systers and sub-groups to share information to perspective communities, lists events and by geography. The Volunteer Management System and Systers Portal will hope to help Systers and volunteers to make a much engaged connection.
systers/mailman3 (Python, SQL (SQLAlchemy for Python), Django)
systers/vms (Python, Django Framework)
systers/portal (Python, Django Framework)
systers/automated-testing (Selenium using both Java and Python)
Sexual assault and rape are serious social and public health issues, being one of the major cause of concern. FirstAide-Web is a web based application developed to help the PCV(Peace Corps Volunteers), in case of sexual harassment. The app ensures safety by sending messages to fellow volunteers, helpline numbers etc. when in trouble. This application makes it a point that the victim can be sure of getting all the help he/she needs in case of a critical situation. The sexually assaulted volunteer can get information of Peace Corps policy and safety procedures and also contact Peace Corps for help.
Preadolescent girls need better options for reproductive health and self-esteem education. Preadolescents are at risk for possible pregnancy and spread of sexually transmitted infection (STI), yet very little information reaches preadolescents about risk and responsibility associated with sex. Additionally, preadolescents struggle with self-esteem, which makes them vulnerable to peer and media influence. Current trends in sexual activity among preadolescents impact the economy, hurt family cohesion, affect female education, and burden healthcare systems. PowerUp is an educational choose-your-own-adventure game that utilizes a users uploaded curriculum to empower pre-adolescents to take charge of their reproductive health.
Here is the Systers-Dev Wiki. Every project has a README and documentation which will guide you through all the steps, on how to install things, dos and don'ts. Dedicate some time reading things first, if something is not present you can ping the maintainers on Slack. We would love to have contributors for our projects. You can pick any project from the above list.
We do not require you to have past open source contribution before working on our projects. We try to be as beginner friendly as possible. Most of the projects have issues labeled under easy, medium and hard category. We also have first-timers-only issue to have first-timers to our project get on board with contributing to the projects. We regularly participate in Google Summer of Code, Google Code In program. This is our first time with Outreachy program and we plan to expand further. In last round of Google Code-in we had tasks which lets the student to find issues in the installation process, our documentation. So we hope to be more beginner friendly after we participate in these summer of code programs.
We also have a labels like "while installing X" where when the project was installed on different environments what new issues came up and how the contributors resolved them and deployed the project in their local environment.
With Systers VMS, Portal and automated testing you'll find me there. Here is our blog with more stories!
See you there!