[OSGeo-Discuss] The future of the Google Summer of Code

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Fri Nov 11 10:19:17 PST 2016

Hi Madi, Anne,

I want to thank you both for all of your hard thankless work with 
students for the GSoC all these years.  Such a nice trip to California 
is well deserved by both of you, and it was nice following your posts 
while you were there on social media.  Anne thank you so much for all of 
your efforts with the students all these years, I know you're well into 
another phase of your life, and it's likely time to move on...but this 
isn't goodbye! :)

Madi count me in as part of the new GSoC team.  Students are too 
important to the future of OSGeo, to not continue the great work that 
you both have put in.

And how fun is the Google Code-In?!?!  Let's for sure discuss this in 2017.

Talk soon,


Jeff McKenna
President Emeritus, OSGeo Foundation

On 2016-11-11 9:24 AM, Margherita Di Leo wrote:
> Dear OSGeo Fellows,
> earlier this month, Anne and I attended GSoC Mentors Summit at Google's
> Tech Corners in California as OSGeo delegates, and also had the chance
> to visit NASA Ames Research Center, as our mentor for NASA WorldWind,
> Patrick Hogan, graciously hosted us for a guided tour! (Thank you again
> Patrick!).
> (Partly) recovered from the jet-lag, it is now time to make some
> reflections and decide how to follow up in this great experience that is
> the Google Summer of Code. Talking to Anne, she frankly said that she
> doesn't wish to continue as GSoC admin for the next year. Actually, wen
> I stepped in as admin 2 years ago, she had already decided to quit, but
> nevertheless, she continued for another two years. Now I think we
> already abused her availability.
> From my side, I wish to continue, and I actually wanted even explore the
> possibility to participate in the Google Code-in [1]. But this is
> another story, that deserves another dedicated thread. It is late to
> apply for it this year, so there will be time to discuss it over.
> My most important point here is: we need a GSoC admins team. Ideally
> another 2 people, that are willing to work together with me to continue
> the great OSGeo's experience in GSoC. This is not paid work, however,
> traditionally 2 GSoC admins have the honor to attend the yearly mentor
> summit in California, hosted in the Google premises, and the expenses
> reimbursed by Google.
> Notwithstanding my good will to continue in the role of admin, I have to
> be realistic and say that I cannot do it alone, so if other volunteers
> are not found, I'm afraid our participation in GSoC it is going to an
> end this year.
> Please, feel free to circulate this call to your connections, former
> mentors or former GSoC students, Geo-For-All fellows, etc.. We need your
> help!
> Thanks!
> Regards,
> [1] https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/

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