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A documentarian and tech consultant based in Brazil.
Outreachy is a three-month internship program for underrepresented groups in tech. Open to participants around the world, interns work remotely in free and open source software (FOSS). Under Software Freedom Conservancy's umbrella, interns are paid a stipend of $5,500 USD and given a $500 USD travel stipend to attend conferences or events.
In September of 2018, Outreachy decided to expand their scope to anyone who faces underrepresentation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry of their country. I became a part of Outreachy's team soon after, helping them with initial application and selection processes, promotion and communications between applicants, interns, mentors, coordinators, participating communities and sponsors.
Google Season of Docs provides "a framework for technical writers and open source projects to work together towards the common goal of improving an open source project's documentation". Technical writers work closely with organizations for a few months bringing their expertise to the project's documentation while learning more about them and new technologies.
In August of 2019, I was one of the 52 technical writers selected to the first round of the program. I've been working with Open Collective — a plataform created to provide funding to open projects around the world — to improve their documentation culture and general help pages.
The project "Free Software Ecosystems" was born from a partnership of the Laboratory of Advanced Production, Research and Innovation of Software (LAPPIS/UnB) with the Brazilian Ministry of Culture (MinC) in October of 2017. It strives for bringing innovation to free software systems developed by MinC and coordinating applied research in continuous delivery, DevOps and machine learning techniques.
In August of 2019, I was hired by LAPPIS/UnB as a technical consultant, joining their efforts to bring the campaign "Public Money, Public Code" by Free Software Foundation Europe to Brazil and offering my expertise in open projects.
October 26, 2019 @ Google Developers Group DevFest Brasília
Picture this: you are facing an incredibly annoying technical issue at work. You search for a solution in the official documentation to no avail. You scour every mailing list, IRC channel, Stack Overflow thread you can find in your quest for a solution that fits your needs. That's when, at the page 25 of your Google query, you find user26556843 describing the exact same issue YEARS ago... Only to read another comment by them saying "Nevermind, I got it fixed" and nothing else. Desperate, you yell at your screen, "user26556843, what do you know that I don't?"
Does that sound familiar to you? That's because millions of professionals struggle with Undocumented Issues And Unhelpful Answers every day. Let's change this discussing the many ways you can document your own won and lost battles with technology to help others.