This page contains information about GNOME's participation in Outreachy, including various resources for newcomers. Please head to the Outreachy main page to learn about the program, review the applicant guide, and see what projects GNOME has available this round.

For Participants


GNOME is an innovative free software desktop that is distributed with many operating systems. It is design-driven and easy to use. GNOME has an exciting and motivated community of people working on projects they feel passionate about and a wide community of users. You can learn more about the latest going-ons in GNOME by reading Planet GNOME blog aggregator and GNOME news.

People involved with GNOME do various things for the project: software development, system administration, user interface design, graphic design, documentation, community management, marketing, identifying issues and reporting bugs, helping users, event organization, and translations. Many people work on the project as a hobby in their spare time and some are employed by companies, such as Canonical, Collabora, Endless, Google, Igalia, SUSE, and Red Hat.

Newcomers is the main initiative in GNOME that provides information and support for anyone wanting to become a GNOME contributor. You should go through it's Newcomers Guide to get hands-on experience with how to contribute to GNOME. It has a recently-updated list of newcomer-friendly coding projects and mentors for them and an older list of mentors, which includes mentors for non-coding projects too. You can get in touch with these mentors any time throughout the year for informal help getting started.

Contact Information

If you have GNOME-specific questions at any point during the application process, you are welcome to email them to or ask them on the #newcomers or #gnome-hackers IRC channels on . It's easy to connect to IRC, and you can learn all about the use of IRC in GNOME and the different applications you can use to connect. The information about project-specific IRC channels and mentors' IRC nicks and e-mails is available in the newcomer-friendly coding projects and all projects with mentors lists.

Choose a Project

If you are interested in applying for Outreachy, you first need to complete Outreachy's initial application by the deadline on February 25, 2020 at 4pm UTC. If it's approved, you will be able to see full information about the projects and how to contact the mentors when contribution period begins on March 5, 2020 at 4pm UTC. Before then, you can only preview the information about the project ideas for this round. Outreachy application process is structured in this way so that all applicants have the same amount of time to contribute to projects during the contribution period.

After March 5, contact mentors with any questions, and, once you decide which project you are most interested in working on, make the required small contribution to it with the help of a mentor. Continue contributing to the project and following up on all feedback you get throughout the application period and beyond to demonstrate that you have skills and ability to learn needed to work on the project.

If you are student interested in coding projects, please also consider applying for GNOME through Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Please review GNOME's project ideas for GSoC and follow the directions on the pages about GSoC to apply. GNOME mentors can list the same idea for both GSoC and Outreachy, however all ideas for Outreachy need to be added by mentors on the Outreachy website by 4pm UTC on February 24 and approved by the GNOME coordinator by 4pm UTC on February 25 to be considered for Outreachy in the May - August 2020 round.

If you apply for both programs with GNOME, you will first be considered for Google Summer of Code, since GNOME can typically have many more participants through Google Summer of Code with funding from Google. However, please note that Google Summer of Code stipend is less than Outreachy stipend in many countries. See advice from Outreachy on deciding if Google Summer of Code is right for you on a dedicated page and in a blog post.

The following things can help you decide what project to choose:

  • Read the project's wiki page on the GNOME wiki

  • Lurk on the project's IRC channel

  • Especially if you are applying for a software development internship, build the code for the project and run it to check out its latest capabilities (the wiki usually has the instructions for doing this, but don't hesitate twice to ask the project's mentor or people on IRC for help if you encounter any problems)
  • Look at the open bugs for the project in the GNOME Bugzilla

  • Look at the recent changes in the project's Git repository

  • Read the recent discussion on the project's mailing list or under a corresponding category/tag on GNOME Discourse instance

  • Read the blogs of the project's mentor and other project contributors (you can learn who they are when looking at the Git repository)
  • Introduce yourself to the project's mentor and discuss what your tasks during the internship program would be

Outreachy is designed for people to be applying for projects proposed up-front by mentors because it's aimed at people new to free software community who don't necessarily have an idea of what project they want to work on. If you have experience contributing to GNOME and have a specific idea for what project you would like to work on, please consider other paid contributor initiatives GNOME has, such as internships, Coding Education Challenge, or Google Summer of Code.

For Mentors

Here is how you can be involved:

  • Learn Read GNOME's information for mentors and Outreachy's information for mentors and mentor FAQ. These pages provide important information about the expectations and best practices for mentors.

  • Mentor an intern Add your idea for a project you can mentor an intern working on on the Outreachy site by 4pm UTC on February 24 for approval by the GNOME coordinator by the 4pm UTC on February 25 deadline that Outreachy has for adding project ideas. Because we only usually have a few participants in Outreachy with GNOME, we are limiting the available projects to the ones that are most strategic for GNOME. These include, but are not limited to, projects in the area of privacy, GTK+, core experience, core applications, developer experience, and development infrastructure. The cross-team triage committee for proposed project ideas consists of Matthias Clasen, Allan Day, and Sriram Ramkrishna.

  • Mentor any time Add your project and yourself as a mentor to the newcomer-friendly coding projects or an all projects mentors lists. By listing yourself there, you are providing GNOME newcomers with a friendly contact for your project any time throughout the year!

  • Connect with other mentors E-mail if you have any questions about participating in the program as a mentor and to ask to be added to the mailing lists, which are private to the program's coordinators and mentors.

  • Ask a coordinator Marina Zhurakhinskaya is the coordinator for the program in GNOME.

For Organizations and Companies

Please see the information for organizations and companies on the main Outreachy page. We would love to have more organizations join the program and more companies sponsor internships with GNOME and other organizations.

Please feel free to contact Marina Zhurakhinskaya with any questions.

Previous Rounds

You can find the information about the previous rounds, including accepted participants and projects offered on the following pages:


This program and all offers related to it are void where prohibited or restricted by law or where operation of the program would violate any law or right. All participants in the program must agree to the terms and conditions of the program which will be provided to the selected applicants and mentors.

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