Project Yamina: Encouraging the next generation

This is a guest post from Hunter from Project Yamina, one of the student-led projects that won a place in the Jisc Student Innovation programme. Here at OSS Watch we’re supporting the programme over the summer and advising students on their projects.

Hi, my name is Hunter and I’m responsible for a new website called “Project Yamina”. This summer, I’m part of the JISC Student of Summer Innovation. JISC wanted new ideas – from students – that would show how technology can improve students’ life. Their hope is, with the assistance of funding, the twenty successful projects will create something worthwhile by November.

Project Yamina Logo

Project Yamina started as a first year university design project. Based on the workplace, we had to come up with something that would change the work environment for the better. Looking at research, I saw there was a large volume of careers that people viewed as being more suited for men; jobs that people imagined few women worked in. For example Free Software and Open Source communities – women are very under-represented. I thought that this was crazy, and came up with the idea of changing the workplace  – and these attitudes – by finding a way to encourage more girls to enter some of these jobs.

The idea of Project Yamina is for it to be an online magazine. Something full of interesting profiles (on both women and careers), personal essays, helpful facts and tips, alongside news items. Then, I hope girls will look at the site, and discover a woman who is a (for example) scientist, coder, police officer or sniper. Perhaps she’ll think it sounds interesting, and it’s a career she would like to do too.

I’m looking for people to be featured as profiles – this means answering a handful of questions for me, or writing a short essay on any topic to do with your work and experiences. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be anything  too formal – I want the website to be fun for everyone involved. Of course, you’re welcome to write an essay and be a profile too! I’m extremely keen to have people from all backgrounds involved, especially those who would like to talk about how they overcame adversity, even if you’d like to stay anonymous.

To find out more, Visit the website: http://projectyamina.strikingly.com or blog: http://projectyamina.tumblr.com

I can be contacted at: http://projectyamina.strikingly.com/#become-involved