Meet RGSoC 2018's Teams

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And the RGSoC's 2018 teams are... (illustration by Ana Sofia Pinho)

And the RGSoC's 2018 teams are... (illustration by Ana Sofia Pinho)

And that’s a wrap! The crowdfunding campaign is officially closed — this means that any money we receive from now on will be used to sponsor next year’s teams — and we are now ready to announce the all of the teams that will be part of RGSoC 2018!

Before we dive into any details regarding this year’s teams, we want to give a heartfelt thank you to all the individual donors (some of you even donated more than once!) and the new sponsors that joined us in the past few weeks.

The new teams sponsored: Popcorn, DV Team, Sectumsempra and GirlsCode MK (image by multiple people)

The new teams sponsored: Popcorn, DV Team, Sectumsempra and GirlsCode MK (image by multiple people)

As you know, we have already announced a cool batch of teams some time ago and last week we revealed that we were able to add Team Popcorn as well. The great news is that during the past few days we raised enough funds to sponsor another 3 teams: GirlsCode MK, DV Team and Sectumsempra. This means that RGSoC 2018 will sponsor 13 teams (7 full-time and 6 part-time) from 9 locations.

Thank you again for all your support. Now let’s start the countdown for the Summer of Code!

RGSoC 2018 Teams - Final List

Full-time Sponsored Teams

101 Days of Summer (Nupur and Paavini)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Servo

$we init (Akshita and Rahmeen)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Probot

Akaringula (StellaMaris and Rachael)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Project: EBWiki

Barcelona Duo (Amalia and Lori)

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project: Exercism

GirlsCode MK (Eva and Georgina) [new team]

Location: Milton Keynes, UK
Project: Bahmi

Sectumsempra (Rupal and Avneet) [new team]

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Chapel

Team Rubies (Atibhi and Prateksha)

Location: Bangalore, India
Project: ifme.org


Part-time Sponsored Teams

Brazilian Housewives Coding (Camila and Stefanni)

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Project: PublicLab

DelSquared (Arushi and Sharmistha)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Tessel

DV Team (Diana and Violeta) [new team]

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project: LivingStyleGuide

Popcorn (Arati and Jessica) [new team]

Location: Berlin, Germany
Project: Nextcloud

potatoCode (Alina and Sabine)

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project: Stretchly

Sunshine (Sujin and Gyujin)

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Project: Babel


You did this!

Thanks to all of the sponsors and individual donors! (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Thanks to all of the sponsors and individual donors! (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

And the RGSoC 2018's Teams Are...

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You Are Accepted To RGSoC 2018! from Rails Girls Summer of Code on Vimeo.

Every year, as we send the acceptance emails to the teams who get into the program, we try to imagine how the applicants reacted when they read the news. For RGSoC 2018 we decided to do things differently: instead of sending an email, we scheduled a call with them and told them ourselves!

At the beginning, we felt as nervous as our applicants, but after the initial nervousness had faded, we had a blast “playing Oprah”. We just knew we had to share this joy with you, so here is a video of their reactions.

The 9 selected teams… For now!

Full-time Sponsored Teams

101 Days of Summer (Nupur and Paavini)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Servo

$we init (Akshita and Rahmeen)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Probot

Akaringula (StellaMaris and Rachael)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Project: EBWiki

Barcelona Duo (Amalia and Lori)

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Project: Exercism

Team Rubies (Atibhi and Prateksha)

Location: Bangalore, India
Project: ifme.org

Part-time Sponsored Teams

Brazilian Housewives Coding (Camila and Stefanni)

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Project: PublicLab

DelSquared (Arushi and Sharmistha)

Location: New Delhi, India
Project: Tessel

potatoCode (Alina and Sabine)

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Project: Stretchly

Sunshine (Sujin and Gyujin)

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Project: Babel

Yes, you read that right: “For now”!

By taking on board these 9 teams, we have officially passed the 200 RGSoC scholars mark! However, after receiving 195 applications in 2018 and training 20 teams each edition for the past 3 years, we couldn’t close the crowdfunding campaign just yet. We want to change more lives!

This means we will be extending our campaign until the 15th of May, and the spots will be given to a batch of teams we have on a waiting list. As we raise more money, we will secure those teams one by one and share this publicly. We really hope to sponsor all of the teams on the waiting list — what can we say? We are believers!

Let’s get these teams sponsored!

How can you help us make the dreams of these candidates come true by participating at RGSoC? Besides donating to our crowdfunding campaign (if you can, of course), it would be great if you helped us with the following:

  1. Talk with your friends and people at work about our program. Share our twitter and facebook posts or even this video about what we have accomplished in the past 5 editions. Let’s reach as many people as possible!
  2. Do you know any companies who might be interested in sponsoring? Please get in touch with us via email campaign@rgsoc.org.

A special message to the teams who didn’t get into this year’s program

First and foremost, thank you for applying to RGSoC. We wish we could have everyone on board but unfortunately it is not possible. We are honoured that you believe in us and in our program, but please do not give up; your journey in tech and Open Source has just begun!

And a huge thank you to everyone who made this possible!

Yes, all of our incredible donors too!

RGSoC 2018 Sponsors (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Thankful for RGSoC 2018 Sponsors (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Crowdfunding Campaign Countdown Just Started

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5 Years of RGSoC Teams (image by multiple people)

4 teams sponsored with the help of our sponsors and individual donors (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Back in 2013, when we received 18 applicants for the first Rails Girls Summer of Code, we couldn’t imagine that these 18 people would turn into 188 a few editions later. What makes these numbers even more thrilling is the fact that 90% of them are still working in tech, 55% are still contributing to Open Source Software (OSS) and 8% have founded their own company — as per a survey we did with our students in 2015.

Side by side with these impressive stats, from the number of coaches to the OSS Projects we have worked on, are the inspiring stories of our participants, coaches, mentors, supervisors and organisers. RGSoC is made of all of our stories together and the impact each of us has in our communities — you can read some of these stories on our #ThankfulForRGSoC series here.

#ThankfulForRGSoC Stories (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

#ThankfulForRGSoC Stories (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Edition after edition, together we have been changing the world, slowly but surely, creating new communities — some of them in remote places — and encouraging these role models who, just by being themselves and pursuing their career in tech, have been inspiring even more people from underrepresented minorities to follow their dreams in this field.

15 days until the crowdfunding campaign closes

The selection process is currently underway and we hope to send the acceptance letters on the 17th of April. This means that in the next few weeks we need to know how much funding we have in order to select the teams. Considering that we have raised 43255 USD, we have enough money to sponsor 4,5 teams. We don’t want to diminish this accomplishment by any means, as we are profoundly grateful for all the support we have received so far, but as you might have noticed, we are 7,5 teams from our initial goal of sponsoring 12 teams. This means that we are far from the funding goals of previous years at this time of the year.

4 teams sponsored with the help of our sponsors and individual donors (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

4 teams sponsored with the help of our sponsors and individual donors (image by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Help us beat the 200 scholars mark!

We still have time! We are 1,5 teams away from beating the 200 scholars mark and 7,5 teams away from sponsoring the 12 teams that we usually do, so let’s roll up our sleeves and push our campaign! So how can you help?

If your company or a company you know might be interested to support our program, please feel free to send us an email to contact@rgsoc.org. We will happily follow up on any leads or intros. Additionally, if you need any resources or info about RGSoC you can check our sponsor deck and sponsor packages.

Another way to help is to talk with your friends in-person and share our crowdfunding campaign posts or any other information that you find important on social media. A little can go a long way, so let’s do our best to fund as many teams as possible for 2018!

Thank you — you’re awesome!

RGSoC 2018's Crowdfunding Campaign is Now Open

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RGSoC 2018's Crowdfunding Campaign is now Open! from Rails Girls Summer of Code on Vimeo.

One, two, three, four, five and onto the sixth edition of RGSoC! It seems like it was yesterday when a cool bunch of people in Berlin decided to get together and launch the first edition of our summer of code.

Since then and in #5YearsOfRGSoC with your help we have:

  • Trained 185 participants — that’s 68 sponsored teams and 28 volunteering teams
  • Reached people from 55 locations out of 29 countries
  • Contributed to 67 Open Source Projects
  • Raised over 500.000 USD with the help of 115 sponsors and hundreds of individual donors
  • Participated in 63 conferences
  • Received a Ruby Hero Award

We couldn’t be happier about what we have accomplished together and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who has been part of our collective journey — yes, you too!

The best part of RGSoC… Is you!

#ThankfulForRGSoC (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

RGSoC moments that we are thankful for (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

We’re happiest when a former participant sends us an email saying they got their dream job as a software developer. Or when one of our participants creates their own Open Source project. Or when someone decided to face their imposter syndrome and tried programming for the first time. Or when we inspire people to be Diversity and Inclusion advocates. Or when we have the incredible opportunity to meet in person the mentor with whom we’ve been talking over video calls during the summer.

These are the things, big and tiny, that make everything magical and fulfilling. The things that make us feel even more #ThankfulForRGSoC.

When we started RGSoC all those years ago, all we wanted to do was to give something to the OSS and tech communities, and still we ended up receiving way more. We know you can relate to this, right? :)

Let’s make RGSoC 2018 happen!

Sponsor RGSoC 2018's Teams ans share with us why you are #ThankfulForRGSoC (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Sponsor RGSoC 2018's Teams ans share with us why you are #ThankfulForRGSoC (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

We’re here to stay and to keep creating real change, by welcoming and training women and non-binary individuals to code and advocate for a diverse and inclusive Open Source community.

Please, join us once again and let’s keep diversifying tech together!

Help us fund RGSoC 2018 and share with us why you are #ThankfulForRGSoC! We would love to hear your story!

RGSoC 2018's Applications are open

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RGSoC 2018 Applications are open! (illustration by Rebecca Conrad and Ana Sofia Pinho)

RGSoC 2018 Applications are open! (illustration by Rebecca Conrad and gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Yes, RGSoC applications for 2018 are officially open! If you want to jumpstart your career as a software developer, or transition to a different language or framework, RGSoC is for you. From July 1st to September 30th, you’ll be working on an Open Source Project with the help of the project maintainer (referred to as mentor), coaches and supervisors. During this time and in order to help you focus on coding and learning, you’ll receive a full-time scholarship.

What follows is an overview of what you need to apply, but make sure you also read our guides carefully, as more detailed information can be found there!

Additional support for your application

In order to make this process easier for you, during the month of February we’ll be publishing videos and organizing twitter chats to explain a bit more about the application process and reply to your frequently asked questions.

We will be sharing all this information on social media, so we advise you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

Who can apply?


We welcome all people with non-binary gender identities or who identify as women (transgender or cisgender).
RGSoC participants need to be available to work full-time for 3 months (from July 1st to September 30th). Additionally, this year we’ve introduced a few slots for part-time teams.

It’s really important for us that the participants have been learning to code continuously for one year and are involved in the community (through meetups, workshops or conferences). Participants should also be proficient in English so that they can be better accompanied by everyone in the team.

Find a teammate


In order for you to apply, you need to do so with another person — as a team. Your teammate should be living in the same location or area so that you can meet up every day to work. Please make sure that the person you are working with is a person you get along with, because you’ll be working together on a daily basis during the program.

Want to find a teammate, but don’t know where to start? Check this “Finding your team” guide.

Find coaches


Coaches are software developers that will work with you on a regular basis — 4 to 8 hours a week. Finding coaches, though sometimes difficult, is one of the most important tasks you’ll have in preparation for your application, as they’ll be your main support and will guide you throughout the program. You need to have a minimum of two and a maximum of four coaches. Coaches can be remote, however we strongly advise that you try to find local coaches before looking for remote coaches.

Additionally this year, project maintainers can add project coaches. These coaches will not count towards your “allocated” amount of coaches.

Tips on how to find coaches are in this guide; if you want to send information to a potential coach, you can direct them to our guide for coaches.

Find a coaching company / workspace


We recommend you find a good place to work with your team, and coaching companies can be a great asset for your RGSoC journey. In case you’re trying to reach out to a specific company, we have gathered the necessary information on — yes, you guessed it — our coaching company guide.

If you’re not able to find a coaching company, coworking spaces and universities can be a good option too.

Choose a project


Now that you’ve gathered your team, it’s time to pick a primary and a secondary project. The secondary project will count as backup in case your primary project is not available or chosen by another selected team.

Start by taking a look at our list of Open Source projects in our RGSoC teams app. Please talk with your coaches about which projects to choose, and consider the level of difficulty of the tasks you’ll be working on, how familiar you are with the project, and the knowledge you and your coaches have of the languages and frameworks used.

Apply


It’s time to apply! All the applications are processed through RGSoC’s Teams App and you need to login using GitHub. You can find more detailed information about filling out the form in our Application Guide.

We advise you to start filling the application form early on — it can be saved as a draft, so you can always come back to it later. Remember that the application process closes on February 28th at 17:00 UTC, so all applications received after that time won’t be considered.

We wish you the best of luck with your application!

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