For the second year in a row, Google accepted Coppermine to be a mentor organization in Google Summer of Code. Yay!
I am again going to be an organization administrator to coordinate Coppermine’s participation in the program. The student that I mentored last year not only continued to work with Coppermine, but signed up to be a mentor and organization administrator this year.
I decided to make use of Google Sites to have one place where interested students can learn about working with Coppermine in GSoC. There is a thread in Coppermine forums to post public questions about Coppermine in GSoC. For non-public GSoC correspondence, there is an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email address is specifically for Google Summer of Code communications and isn’t necessarily going to forward only to me (that means no love letters! :D). For anything else, please use the other means of communication.
As I mentioned before, some of the participants of Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit had dinner together the night before the “unconference” earlier this month.
When I volunteered to make dinner reservations due to my being a local, there were less than 10 people. By the time I was to make reservations earlier in the week, the number made it challenging to get reservations on a Friday night. Fortunately, someone at work helped me out by getting me in touch with the owner of Don Giovanni in Mountain View. He said there would be no problem accommodating a party of 25 since they had a second dining area. When I called him the morning of the dinner to give the menu selection, there were 43. When we got there at 7, there 12 people, so we thought maybe fewer people would show up than had signed up. Eventually, 53 people showed up. The staff was great about getting everyone to fit. Initially, everyone ordered individual dishes. It turned out to be too difficult for the chefs to prepare such a vast variety of dishes and ensure that everyone would get the food at the same time. So we were given four choices to pick from. That ended up working well. It was pretty clever how they kept track of who ordered what; they gave each of us a poker chip that represented
What we noticed and discussed was the percentage of women at dinner. Out of 53 people (although not all were GSoC participants and not all participants were there), there were two women, including myself. What’s interesting about that is the approximate 4% representation at the dinner is the same percentage of GSoC students who were women. It’s one thing to see statistics on paper but it’s even more striking to see it in person. I don’t remember Google asking my gender in my mentor “paperwork” so I don’t think they have stats on percentage of female mentors. That would be interesting to know.
Yay! I will be going to Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit where I will get to meet some of the mentors and organization administrators of GSoC. What I look forward to in particular is meeting open source developers from other teams, and around the world. The only bummer is that I am the only one from Coppermine who can attend because the other mentors have visa and passport issues. I was really looking forward to the opportunity to meet my team members, whom I have only interacted with over the internet.
The summit will be this Saturday, October 6. People will be flying in the day(s) before, so we’re planning a group dinner on Friday. Since I am a “local” I volunteered to make the reservations as well as research restaurants and transportation. The scary part is finding a restaurant that will accept such a big group on a Friday night, as well as finding transportation for people who aren’t all going to have cars. The restaurant selection is even dependent on transportation in case we have to take the bus.
The hotel where the attendees will be staying is not too far from where I live so I’m also going to attend the after party after the summit on Saturday. I have volunteered to bring my Wii if anyone is willing to host the Wii party in their room.
The 2007 edition of Google Summer of Code has come to an close. I’m happy to write that each of the four students who worked with Coppermine Photo Gallery have passed. Many thanks to the students for the work on improving Coppermine and hopefully it’s the beginning of not just their work with Coppermine but with open source software development. If you’re interested, there is a page that will host the students’ code samples. The code is also in the Coppermine subversion repository in a separate trunk. We are going to work on merging the students work into the main trunk as appropriate.
Huge thanks to Google and Google Summer of Code team for giving open source projects/organizations a chance to get some paid help and the opportunity to help strengthen the future of open source software development by mentoring its future leaders and developers. The staff has been really awesome at pulling off a project that encompasses individuals from around the world. As a Coppermine dev team member and Googler I know firsthand how challenging it could be at times to coordinate with team members around the world with different timezones. The GSoC team does it at a larger scale with multiple teams.
I’m now looking forward to getting the t-shirt and planning to wear it with pride.
As organization administrator for Coppermine’s participation in Google’s Summer of Code, I have asked the four students working with our team to provide weekly updates on their progress. After two weeks, things are looking good. I am impressed with the students. As a dev team member and user, I am also excited at the potential features that the next version of Coppermine will have. This is going to be great for Coppermine users.
A few years ago, I was working as an intern… now I’m on the other side of the experience. It’s a nice one to have and I really appreciate Google extending the opportunity to open source teams that wouldn’t otherwise have the financial ability to support such a summer internship-like program. I hope that GSoC will be an annual thing on a permanent basis.