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

Hogan, Patrick (ARC-PX) patrick.hogan at nasa.gov
Fri Nov 11 11:08:19 PST 2016

Anne and Madi,

You are a class act operation! It was tremendous having the opportunity to spend the day with you!

And even indulge a bit of Italy at Mario’s with Lucia and family! www.mariositaliano.com

Already looking forward to seeing you again, doing all the good deeds that need to be done!

Buona Fortuna to you both!


From: Discuss [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Margherita Di Leo
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2016 5:25 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] The future of the Google Summer of Code

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!


[1] https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/

Margherita Di Leo
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