[kde-community] Google Code-In

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com
Wed Oct 29 02:10:42 GMT 2014

If any of you are planning to mentor, but have not yet subscribed to
KDE-Soc-Mentor and added some tasks to the spreadsheet, and pinged us
if your subscription isn't accepted in #kde-soc, please do so now.

If you think one of us admins doesn't know you by name or email
address, please mention what team you are working in, and point us to
your proposed tasks. We seem to have a few former GSoC students who
want to mentor GCi, which is *great* - as long as the team wants the
tasks done as the possible mentor proposes. As with everything the KDE
community does, collaboration is how we get things done.

The application period for GCi is open, but we do not have enough
tasks yet to apply.


On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 12:37 AM, Valorie Zimmerman
<valorie.zimmerman at gmail.com> wrote:
> GCi has been announced. It will be pretty much the same rules as last
> year. The Google Code-in 2014 contest will run from December 1, 2014
> to January 19, 2015, roughly 7 weeks.
> According to https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/
> Google Code-in is a contest for pre-university students (e.g., high
> school and secondary school students ages 13-17) with the goal of
> encouraging young people to participate in open source, and over the
> last four years there have been 1575 students from 78 countries that
> completed tasks in the online contest.
> For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first
> introduction to open source development. For Google Code-in we work
> with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring
> students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide "bite sized"
> tasks for participating students to complete. Students gain real world
> experience working on an open source project and can put the skills
> they have been learning in the classroom to use in a open source
> project that can touch millions of lives.
> The tasks are grouped into the following categories:
> * Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
> * Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
> and helping others learn more
> * Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management,
> outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
> * Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of
> high quality
> * User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user
> interface design and interaction
> Tasks generally take students 3-5 hours to complete. Students earn one
> point for each task completed. Students will receive a certificate for
> completing one task and can earn a tee shirt when they complete three
> tasks. At the end of the contest each of the open source organizations
> will name five (5) students as their finalists and these finalists
> will also earn a hooded sweatshirt. From their five (5) finalists,
> each organization will name two (2) grand prize winners for their
> organization based on the students' comprehensive body of work.
> We need to have a goodly number of tasks ready when we apply, and
> every task must have a mentor willing to monitor the student and sign
> off on their work when they are done. As those who have mentored in
> this even before can tell you, it is exhilarating, exhausting, and
> very rewarding - both for you, and your project.
> However, we also realize that this is holiday time for many people,
> and not everyone likes to deal with young people, or short tasks. For
> those of you who want to mentor, please be sure you are subscribed to
> the KDE-Soc-Mentor list, and ping us in the #kde-soc irc channel if
> your subscription is not yet accepted. This is a closed list for
> mentors only -- no students allowed.
> Stephanie said:
> This year we will have 10-12 open source organizations work with the
> students as mentoring orgs. All organizations that have participated
> in a previous Google Summer of Code are eligible to apply. ... The
> main thing is we want orgs that can be patient with the students and
> who are interested in helping 13-17 year olds learn about open source
> development.
> Applications will open Monday, October 27th (after the GSoC Reunion)
> and will close at 19:00 UTC Monday, November 10th.
> Please speak up if you are interested in helping to administer the
> contest, or mentor some tasks. Talk to your teams, and see if you have
> some small tasks you need done - testing, refactoring, documentation,
> videos, artwork, articles, analyses, and research. Students can even
> comb through bugzilla and test old bugs to see if they are still
> valid. Be creative!
> Valorie


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