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23 Nov 2022

Our very first Outreachy Interns

Three Outreachy interns are joining the Wagtail project for our first-time-ever collaboration with Outreachy.

Meagen Voss

Meagen Voss

Wagtail community manager

Outreachy - Internships supporting diversity in Free and Open Source Software

We're extremely glad to announce that the Wagtail community has accepted three interns from Outreachy who will be contributing to Wagtail over the next few months. Outreachy is a diversity initiative of Software Freedom Conservancy. They provide remote internships to "people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living."

Our three interns are:

Albina Starykova: Develop tools to help Wagtail editors create accessible content

Albina is joining us from Cyprus. She will be helping us to integrate accessibility tools and tests into Wagtail so that users can make their Wagtail sites as accessible as possible. As a project that highly values accessibility, we're looking forward to the improvements Albina will make. The mentors for this project will be Thibaud Colas, Sage Abdullah, and Joshua Munn from Torchbox.

This is a photo of Albina Starikova in front of a snow-capped mountain wearing winter clothes and holding a snowboard.

Damilola Oladele: Improve user guide documentation for Wagtail

Damilola will be joining us from Nigeria. He is a technical writer and will be helping us revamp and improve the Wagtail user guide documentation. Damilola will be helping us identify gaps in our documentation and increasing the amount of content we have to help users learn about Wagtail. No doubt our users will appreciate this project. The mentors for this project will be Coen van der Kamp from Four Digits, Storm Heg; and Stephanie Brown, Jonny Peacock, Thibaud Colas from Torchbox.

This is a photo of Damilola smiling for the camera. He is wearing a colorful button-down shirt with tigers on it.

Loveth Omokaro: Introduce Stimulus for interactive widgets within Wagtail

Loveth will be joining us from Nigeria. She will be helping us consolidate features of Wagtail's user interface with the Stimulus framework. Loveth's project will provide us with more UI customisation options for developers within Wagtail and will help us improve the performance of interactive widgets within Wagtail. The mentors for this project will be LB, Paarth Agarwal, and Thibaud Colas.

This is a selfie of Loveth smiling for the camera. She is wearing a green shirt and a necklace with butterflies on it.

Thank you once more to every aspiring intern who applied and who contributed to Wagtail. This is our first time participating in Outreachy as a community and we are definitely planning to make our participation in Outreachy an ongoing tradition.