Dear FLOSS Project,
The 2009 Season of Usability Call for Projects is now open and available until
OpenUsability Season of Usability is a series of sponsored student projects to
encourage students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design
to get involved with Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS). During a 3 month
collaboration, students work together with an experienced usability mentor and
key developers of the project to improve the user experience of a FLOSS
application. The next Season of Usability student projects will start in May
FLOSS Projects who would like to benefit from a usability student are
encouraged to fill in our Call for Projects:
After the Call for Projects is finished (April 15th), the usability mentors
will get back to the FLOSS projects and start the selection process. Each
mentor will decide for one project - based on the need for usability and the
availability of a technical mentor in the project, and if a good task can be
defined. Examples of successful Season of Usability tasks can be found on the
Season of Usability website.
The selected projects are published and students start to apply for them.
Together with the technical mentor, a student is selected. In a kickoff
meeting, the task scope is further defined and a road map is developed. Then,
the actual project work begins (also see the time frame below).
How can I register a project?
We prepared a short questionnaire to register a project. We ask a few
* about the project
* about the acceptance of usability among project members
* about the availability of developer resources
* and finally, we’ll ask for possible student project tasks.
People who register projects should know a project well enough to name a key
developer who is willing to function as a technical mentor in the Season of
What’s the timeframe for Season of Usability 2008?
Call for Project Participation
A call for participation is published via OpenUsability and other FLOSS-
Beginning of April 2009
Usability mentors get in touch with projects they are interested in - they
either bring their own one or pick one from the CfP. Possible topics for
student projects are discussed, and the usability mentors finally decide for a
Student Application Phase
The student project openings are published and students start to apply for
End of April 2009
Usability mentors get in touch with the students who applied. After several
cycles of job interviews, the mentors decide for a student.
End of May - August/September
The actual scope of the task is defined and the project work starts.
Questions may be directed to students@....
Celeste Lyn Paul