[OSGeo-Discuss] Google Code In (GCI) 2017 just announced! And we want to participate

Margherita Di Leo diregola at gmail.com
Tue Sep 19 04:48:19 PDT 2017

Dear Community,

great news! Google Code-in has just been officially announced [1] and we
are excited to apply for the first time as mentoring organization! Google
Code In is a program addressed to students aged 13 to 17.

As always, we need your help! We need mentors.
Mentors for Google code in are not necessarily top developers (they are
also needed, but not only). Also educators, advocates, researchers are much
needed, people that normally take care of documentation and preparation of
educational material, that give presentations, take care of web site or
wiki etc.

In fact, the tasks for google code in are supposed to take 3 to 5 hours for
students to complete, and entail:
* coding
* documentation / training
* outreach / research
* quality assurance
* user interface

See examples here [2].

The idea is to individuate suitable tasks and submit them in the bug
tracker with a special keyword like "beginner" or something TBD. In this
way, students can easily find and claim the task they're interested in.

Note that the whole "how to" is to be discussed yet, for the moment, let's
try to create a critical mass of interested volunteers.

Here [3] I created a wiki page with relevant info, instructions, timeline
etc. Kindly take a look and if you are willing to participate, please write
an email to gsoc-admin AT osgeo.org, we will send you a form to fill with
your data. Next step: in less than one week from now we'll have the first
kickoff meeting on IRC in the channel #osgeo-gsoc at Freenode. Everyone
that will have filled the form will be informed about exact date and time.

Please, do participate, and bring your questions, your ideas and your
energy with you. We don't have all the answers, but will try to figure
things out together.. We believe that engaging the young generation will
bring in OSGeo a breeze of innovation and fresh energy. Don't miss the
opportunity to be part of the change!


[2] https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/resources/example-tasks
[3] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Google_Code_In_2017

Margherita Di Leo
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