We are currently seeking mentors for the 2017 Google Summer of Code program (GSOC)
- 9 Feb 16:00 UTC – our organization application is due
- 20 March - 3 April – student applications
- 30 May - 21 August - summer of code
- Late October – mentor summit
We need to have many of our mentors & project descriptions in place by 9 Feb. The entire program timeline can be seen at : https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline
The GSoC Mentor Experience
Before student selection
- Commit to spending a minimum of 4 hours each week to be available to guide and mentor students (not just your assigned student).
- Commit to being present in IRC and/or Telegram to help answer questions as much as your schedule allows, at a minimum of 4 hours each week.
- Prepare a good overview of your project idea(s) and have them linked to this wiki page.
- Watch OpenMRS Talk for questions about your project idea(s).
- Review student proposals and work with other mentors and organization admins to select the best candidates for OpenMRS.
- Treat returning students who have applied with as much (or more!) scrutiny than first-time students.
After student selection
- Ensure your student is ready & active. They should have a dev environment, be regularly communicating in the community, and have prepared a project plan together with you. (See above for student expectations.)
- Read the GSoC Mentoring Manual and ask questions if you have them.
- Reach out to the Summer of Code organization administrators if you have questions or concerns.
- If the student is not active during the community bonding period, please contact the organization administrators.
During the program
- Help your student be successful. Commit to spending a minimum of 4 hours each week answering questions, giving advice, working with your student on blockers, and evaluating your student’s progress.
- Complete a short “progress report” each week to help stay on schedule and catch potential problems early.
- Have fun and work hard! The highest-performing mentors will get an expenses-paid trip to Google’s headquarters in October to geek out with fellow mentors from other open source projects.
- Schedule some time to chat 1-on-1 with your student to talk about their post-GSoC plans. Will they continue in their university program? Are they looking for a job? Help them understand the world beyond GSoC, and how they can continue contributing to OpenMRS.
After completing GSoC
- Stay in touch with your student and help them find interesting ways to stay involved with OpenMRS.
- Apply to attend the GSoC mentor summit in October! It’s an awesome way to connect with other people in the open source world and have fun.
If you’d like to take on this role for 2017, please respond to this thread and let us know!