I am pleased to announce we accepted two interns, Raquel and Yukti, to this year’s [Outreachy](https://www.outreachy.org/) internship at [Open Food Facts](https://world.openfoodfacts.org/). They will work with the two mentors, Stéphane Gigandet and Alex Garel, to improve the code quality of the Perl code of the Open Food Facts backend and website. This year they plan to focus on improving the Open Food Facts API (used by more than 100 apps to retrieve food product data) and its tests and documentation, and refactor their legacy URL routing code using a framework such as Mojolicious.
Raquel is a medical professional that is looking to learn more about the machines that she has worked with in the lab. Though it is medical, it is very heavily computer based at this point in time. She has experience in phlebotomy for all ages and chemical lab processing diagnostic testing.
Yukti is a university student from India. She has experience with writing code in Python, PHP, Java and has tinkered with some Machine Learning research in her freshman year. She is currently exploring cloud native and web technologies and is really enthusiastic about food. When not doing either of these things, she could be found indulging in the occasional Japanese animation film and manga or exploring the excessively mathematical side of physics.
Open Food Facts is a free, online and crowdsourced database of food products from around the world. Product data and photos are contributed through the Open Food Facts applications, third party applications, or sent by food manufacturers. Open Food Facts then analyze the ingredients, nutrition facts, labels, and packaging of products to compute nutritional or environmental scores such as the Nutri-Score and the Eco-Score. They believe having transparent and accessible information can lead to better food choices with great benefits for health, the planet, science and maybe much more.
Please join me in welcoming Raquel and Yukti to the Perl & Raku community.