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Re: Call for Mentors - 2018 Google Code-In - Applications open September 6-17 - contest begins October 23rd for students

Hi Ed and Community

I think this is a terrific program and brings many new developers to an
awareness of the challenges and opportunities of an open source project as
well as the world of finance, financial inclusion and cool technologies
that they want to learn.

I would echo Ed's request - this needs to be driven more by the community,
so that the lift for the org of Mifos or the PMC of Fineract is less.

I would also suggest that we collectively need to be sure to only take on
students and projects that are going to be useful to the project and
community overall - being pragmatic about resources including our volunteer
resources is really important.  I'm curious if the code contributions last
year led to either a) contributions that are part of a release and/or b) an
ongoing developer being involved.  Those would be my suggested metrics.


On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM Ed Cable <edcable@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello Mifos and Apache Fineract communities,
> Google just announced it's Google Code-In program will be occurring once
> again for the 9th consecutive year. This year there are some major changes
> to the program itself which you can see below - the most pressing one being
> that the program is starting early this year - applications have already
> opened and are due September 17. The program itself will run from October
> 23 to December 12.
> The Mifos Initiative is considering participating in Google Code-In 2018
> for the third time but it's contingent upon having an active and committed
> group of mentors. The community has many major projects going on right now
> and can only take on this intensive program if we have the participation
> across our entire community.
> This is Google's program to help introduce pre-university students to open
> source where students compete to complete as many bite-sized tasks (3 to 5
> hours) as possible across the following buckets: Code,
> Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, or User
> Interface.
> We grew our participation immensely last year, more than tripling the
> number of tasks completed. It was a honor to work with talented high school
> students and a great way to get many of our newest community members
> mobilized as mentors.
> Please read our wrap-up post -
> http://mifos.org/blog/2017-google-code-in-wrap-up/ - to learn about our
> involvement last year.
> To determine if we'll apply, I wanted to begin capturing who would like to
> serve as a mentor. For all of our recent GSOC interns, this is a great way
> to begin deepening your role in the community.
> This call for mentoring is open to to everyone - you don't have to be a
> developer as we need mentors for students working on all the domains.
> If you're interested in mentoring, please fill out the form at
> https://goo.gl/forms/CI8xbg04hgkLMpmL2 or respond to this mailing list
> thread.
> A critical part of a successful GCI is a wealth of small tasks - we'll soon
> begin generating our list so put on your thinking cap of work you'd like to
> see done.
> More on the 2018 GCI program can be found below.
> Cheers,
> Ed
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Google Code-in Mentors <gci-mentors@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 12:34 PM
> Subject: [GCI-mentors] GCI 2018 org applications open September 6-17 -
> contest begins October 23rd for students
> To: Google Code-in Mentors <gci-mentors@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Hello GCI mentors,
> We are pleased to announce Google Code-in (GCI) 2018 <http://g.co/gci>,
> the
> 9th consecutive year of our contest for pre-university students ages
> 13-17. Please
> be aware GCI will start about a month earlier this year than in previous
> years - the contest starts for students October 23rd!
> The GCI timeline, FAQs, Rules and flyers have been updated on the contest
> site <http://g.co/gci>.
> Organizations -- If you would like to apply for the 2018 program please
> start thinking about the tasks you would like students to work on and reach
> out to your community members to ask if they would like to be mentors for
> the program. *Organization applications open for GCI orgs *next week on
> Thursday, September 6th, and close less than 2 weeks later on Monday,
> September 17th. We will announce organizations on Tuesday, September 18th
> giving orgs 5 weeks to create their tasks before the contest begins on
> October 23rd.
> The major changes for GCI 2018 are:
>    -
>    Orgs will evaluate the 20 students completing the most tasks with their
>    org when deciding on finalists and winners
>    -
>    Orgs will choose 6 finalists (instead of 5)
>    -
>    We have renamed the User Interface category to Design
>    -
>    Students will have to wait until Google reviews their Parental Consent
>    form before they can claim their first task. This will slow things down
> but
>    it is a requirement to be able to continue the program.
>    -
>    No tasks asking for personal information about students will be allowed
>    (this includes tasks asking for students to introduce themselves with
> info
>    like what country they are from, or photos of the students, etc.).
> We are looking to continue the growth of this program and reach a record
> number of teenagers this year! Read more on today’s blog post
> <
> https://opensource.googleblog.com/2018/08/announcing-google-code-in-2018.html
> >
> .
> If you have any questions about Google Code-in please contact us at
> gci-support@xxxxxxxxxx
> Best,
> Stephanie and Mary
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