I am pleased to announce that the Outreachy internship concluded successfully again in 2021.
As previously [announced](https://news.perlfoundation.org/post/outreachy2021-intro), The Perl Foundation accepted Rosheen Naeem as an intern for 2021 to work on Open Food Facts. Stéphane Gigandet provided mentorship for her during the entire program. I would like to congratulate both for the successful program completion and express gratitude for their hard work.
Rosheen reported that she completed the following during the internship:
* Worked on templatization of Perl scripts.
* Added template files for Perl functions and modules.
* Refactored the OpenFoodFacts Perl modules and functions.
* Added Developer guide for the developers and newcomers.
* Updated the docker development documentation and added the producer’s platform section.
* Worked on UI of few files.
* Worked on issues of OpenFoodFacts.
* Added Perl Pod documentation.
* Added new products and ingredients.
* Fixed the directory structure.
Rosheen also wrote about her experience in her [blog articles](https://roshnaeem.medium.com/).
"We were very fortunate and happy to get Rosheen’s help this summer to improve the Perl code quality of Open Food Facts. Thanks to Rosheen, we made a lot of progress to better structure our code and document it, and to separate business from display logic thanks to templatization with Template::Toolkit. Those improvements are very useful to make our codebase friendlier for new contributors and much more pleasant to work with!"
**Open Food Facts **
[Open Food Facts](https://world.openfoodfacts.org) is a Wikipedia for food products, a free, nonprofit, collaborative and open project to gather photos and data for millions of food products from around the world.
[Open Food Facts is written in Perl](https://github.com/openfoodfacts/openfoodfacts-server), and the project is looking for Perl developers to extend the impact of free and open food information: internationalizing and improving algorithms to “understand” ingredients list, analyzing the healthiness and environmental friendliness of food products and computing their Nutri-Score and Eco-Score, and much more!
Stéphane also gave a talk about Open Food Facts at the Perl and Raku Conference 2021 ([video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imugl2dSdnU)).
Outreachy, formerly The Outreach Program for Women, was started by the GNOME Foundation in 2006 to encourage women to participate in the GNOME project. Since inception the project has grown to include many Free and Open Source organisations, including The Perl Foundation, and now the program has been rebranded and extended to encourage the participation of other underrepresented groups.
Outreachy explicitly invites applicants from around the world who are women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, they explicitly invite residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is invited to apply.
The Perl Foundation is looking for mentors and project ideas for the next Outreachy rounds. If you have Perl or Raku project ideas, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.