I am sorry if I recently publish this, but anytime I know a girl that like Linux and do good stuff for it (with good taste), I feel like a little boy who had collected a new pokemon xD
The story starts with Marina Zhurakhinskaya, she was my first international contact in 2010, she gave me a bad news about not entering in the OPW program… well sometimes we lose. I thought maybe next year, and yay! Marina in 2011 mailed me that I was part of the program.
I also started to get in contact with the rest of the OPW GNOME interns by social networks to see how they look like and what are their customs, so in the way I started to talk with Anita Reitere and Priscilla Mahlangu. Both did translations work, Anita did it in Latvian and Priscilla in Zulu… It was very excited to met people that speak those languages.
GNOME also gave the opportunity to travel to Berlin, Germany… there was the place!!! I attended to the Desktop Summit 2011 event, and I had the joy to met Tamara Atanasoska, Ekaterina Gerasimova, Patricia Santa Cruz, Madhumitha Viswanathan, Srishti Sethi, Rosanna Yuen, Silvia Miranda, Raluca, Luciana Fuji, Anita Reitere, Stormy Peters, Karen Sandler, and Marina in person!
Other amazing girls from the KDE project were also so nice during my trip, Claudia Rauch, Lydia Pintscher, Laura Dragan, Inu Kim, Tadeja Kadunc, Yuly, Aakriti Gupta and Valorie Zimmerman, the Linux Grandma. Here the picture from our KDE/GNOME Women meeting:
When I came back to my country, I realized that many women in my country are also doing stuff for Linux in many FLOSS communities. I am trying to do something to get them for GNOME also. So far, Milagros Infante is doing seriously job Spanish translation for GNOME.
I keep in touch with GNOME girls online, whenever I need help Ekaterina or Tamara are there for me, Karen also helped me with my event… it is incredible how Internet can get you close people even you do not know them in person, that happened with Priscilla and Jovanka Gulicoska, who support me in technical trouble or when I am rolling in the deep.
We have meetings also with the girls on IRC #gnome-women, we try to do it six times a year. I must mention that Meg Ford from USA was another OPW 2011 and now she is a GSoC’12! The last contact I got was from China Beijing, Yu was another internship from the OPW 2011, we were exchanging ideas about the experiences and feelings we got before, during and after the program, and I want to share her job and Websites she designed them using Drupal.
Here the picture of some GNOME Women around the world! 🙂