GSoC org application time

Paul Brown paul.brown at
Thu Jan 17 08:25:32 GMT 2019

On Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:24:37 CET Valorie Zimmerman wrote:
> Hi all, I've started our application.
> The deadline for applications: February 6, 2019 at 12:00 (PST).
> By the deadline, we need to have an absolutely *splendid* Ideas page (1).
> Before the deadline, I'll remove all the placeholders such as teams with no
> Ideas listed, or ideas with no mentors listed. Teams which have
> participated in the past but are empty still: KDE Partition
> Manager, Kopete, Choqok, Peruse, KGpg, KWin, Plasma, WikiToLearn, KDevelop
> and Xdg-desktop-portal-kde.
> So far, I'm the only admin listed. Anyone game to help administer this
> year? It works well when we have a team, so that any of us can have an
> off-week (or week off) sometimes. There are two aspects to being an org
> admin: working with mentors, and working with students. "Paperwork" is a
> very small part of the job.
> The mentor work is all about helping mentors and their teams work well with
> their student. Some need coaching on communication, poking to do their
> evaluations, etc.
> The student work in the beginning is coaching students in getting involved,
> creating their devel environment, helping them craft their proposals and
> get linked into the teams, and so forth. Later, it will be helping them
> through the tough spots, especially when their mentors aren't being
> helpful, or even helping withdraw gracefully.

Hi Valorie,

Apologies for asking what may be obvious to others, but what sort of technical 
knowledge does a mentor require to carry out the job effectively?

Would posting something like this to the Dot help to get the word out do you 
think? How else can Promo help?


Promotion & Communication


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