Post by Mala Kumar, GitHub Social impact, Tech for Social Good
Over the past year, some of you may have seen previous posts here on MERL Tech about a new, highly collaborative effort called the “MERL Center.” A joint effort of the GitHub Social Impact, Tech for Social Good (formerly Open Source for Good) program and MERL Tech, the MERL Center is creating case studies, beginner’s guides and more to support practitioners determine if, when and how to use open source software, tools and data as part of MERL solutions. Since launching at the MERL Tech DC conference in September 2019, we have grown to 30+ Working Group members.
We’re now actively recruiting for two PAID opportunities that will help take the MERL Center to the next level, as outlined below!
MERL Center Working Group Stipends
We are offering 15 stipends of US $500 to MERL Center Working Group members who are willing, able and qualified to commit to set deliverables in support of the MERL Center (for example, supporting with writing on case studies or developing guidance).
Existing Working Group members and new members are welcome to apply. Five stipends are reserved for new professionals with less than three (3) years of experience, including internships. Five stipends are reserved for applicants from low- and middle-income countries. The remaining five stipends are open to anyone. For now, the stipends are a one-time annual payment, though we hope to fund additional stipends next year.
Please note it is NOT required to apply for a stipend to join/continue with the MERL Center as a Working Group member. Email Mala if you wish to get involved without receiving a stipend. Stipends are funded by GitHub and will be distributed through MERL Tech (via Kurante).
Website Design for the MERL Center and MERL Tech
MERL Tech and GitHub Social Impact are jointly recruiting for a website designer. Individuals, groups, companies and organizations are encouraged to apply. The contractor will be responsible for:
- a design refresh of this website – http://merltech.org – in WordPress
- creating the new MERL Center website using GitHub Pages.
The total budget is US $20,000; competitive bids are encouraged.
Please note that the successful contractor must be paid through the staffing agency TargetCW, who can hire individuals or organizations/firms based in the US or any of these countries.