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Outreachy with Python

Outreachy is a program to help people from underrepresented communities get involved in free and open source software by providing . Python is participating for this first time this year!

Python is a popular high-level programming language. It is a general-purpose language used by scientists, developers, and many others who want to get things done quickly and effectively. In this spirit, many of our projects this year are about helping make Python faster!

If you're part of a group that is underrepresented in open source communities and available for a full-time (40h/week) paid internship working on Python from December 6, 2016 and March 6, 2017, please consider applying by October 17th, 2016.


Ramya Meruva will be the primary mentor for this year's intern. She can be reached at

Monica Ene-Pietrosanu and Peter Xihong Wang are providing additional support

Terri Oda is providing organization admin help. She can be reached at


Ramya has offered up 3 ideas that she's most excited about:

  1. Develop a unified performance benchmark suite that’s acceptable for both Cpython & PyPy communities.

  2. Analyze the GUPB(Grand Unified Python Benchmarks) for which PyPy’s performance is worse than CPython and see if there is any scope for improvement ( ex: try and replicate cpython methodology)

  3. Improving JitViewer (a profiling tool for PyPy) – capable to attach to a running process.

More details on these coming soon!

Contacting Us

We're still working on the best places to chat and ask questions, but for now, we've got an irc channel set up:


Please join us there to chat with your fellow students and experienced mentors from similar programs! If you're new to IRC, you might want to check out

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