[OSGeo-Discuss] Call for Google Code-in mentors
hellik at web.de
Thu Sep 28 13:52:09 PDT 2017
Dear OSGeo Community,
a few days ago we had a virtual kickoff meeting about Google Code-in. 
* What is Google Code-in :
"Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in: Our global, online, contest introducing teenagers to the world of open source. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have. Mentors from our participating organizations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project."
* How it works :
1 Students search for a task that interests them and claim it. They have at least three days to complete it.
2 The student works on the task, getting guidance from mentors, if needed.
3 Once the student is ready, they submit their work for review through the contest website.
4 Mentors from the organization evaluate the work, provide feedback, and if it's complete, accept it! Otherwise, specific feedback is provided, and the student goes back to step #2!
5 Go to step #1 and repeat!
* Example tasks may be:
- Add a new (simple) option to a GRASS python module
- Make a video introducing the various projects under OSGeo
- Write a fancy blog post about the new cool QGIS 3D capabilities
** Quality Assurance
- Add a Test Case for xyz to the GDAL testsuite
** User Interface
- Add icons for specific GIS task
* Time effort of the tasks should not be longer as 3 to 5 hours!!!
Members of other orgs, which participated in the last years, have joint our kickoff meeting.
Lessons learned from the last years' participations:
* a strategic plan needed to generate a pool of tasks doable in 3-5 hours (beginner to advanced tasks); from ~50 up to ~100 tasks!!
* a large enough mentor pool that the contest can going on over the period to tackle evaluations of about ~ 100 tasks!!
If you are a willing mentor, just write to gsoc-admin(at)osgeo.org and a form to fill in will be sent to you.
At the moment, the mentor pool seems not be large enough to apply for Google Code-in.
What we have heard from other orgs already participated: Google Code-in is fun, nice results for e.g. outreach, though the workload has to be planned
Helmut (on behalf of the OSGeo GSoC admin team)
OSGeo charter member
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