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Google Summer of Code Mentor Dinner

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.

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit

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.