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August 14, 2013 10:00 ET

Joomla! Gives University Students Around the World Opportunity to Develop Core Features for Upcoming CMS Release

Working With Google Summer of Code and GNOME Outreach Program for Women to Support Increased Opportunities for Women and Students in Technology

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 14, 2013) - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to Intranets, today announced that students participating in the Google Summer of Code™ and GNOME Outreach Program for Women will be submitting new features for possible inclusion in the September release of Joomla 3.2.

Currently, ten students are working on individual projects that will be considered for the upcoming release. They include high-visibility features for the CMS such as an updated template and media manager, and front-end administration. All of the students working on these projects live outside the United States, and are attending universities in India, Italy, Romania, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

"The requirements and landscape for Web and mobile development are constantly changing and it's important that we work with student developers to capture their global ideas and innovations," said Paul Orwig, president of Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. "Google Summer of Code and GNOME Outreach Program for Women represent some of the finest programs available and attract some of the most skilled student developers. We're excited to give the students an opportunity to shine, to support increased opportunities for women in the technology field, and to let them flex their development muscles for Joomla 3.2 and beyond."

The Google Summer of Code is a global program that runs until October 1, offering students enrolled in a college or university stipends to write code for open source projects. The GNOME Outreach Program for Women helps women get involved in free and open source software by providing paid, focused internship opportunities, twice a year with a number of free software organizations. This internship ends September 23.

"Joomla's success is tied to its large network of global contributors and those contributions enable the core product team to deliver a CMS that is used to power more than 3 percent of the Web," said Elin Waring of the Joomla Production Working Group, who is also co-administering the Google Summer of Code and GNOME Outreach Program for Women projects. "While students have worked to try and develop code for Joomla in the past, this is the first time that multiple projects will be evaluated for the Joomla core right away."

Both the Google Summer of Code and GNOME Outreach Program for Women students have the potential to receive a $5,000 USD stipend for participating. More information about the projects being worked on for Joomla's Google Summer of Code and GNOME Outreach Program for Women, click here.

About Joomla!
Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla, the free open source Content Management System (CMS) powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 40 million times.

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