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Re: Google Summer of Code-2012


On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM, Ewan Mellor <Ewan.Mellor@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> The most important thing is that you recognize that this is a real time investment.  It's not just a case of exchanging a few emails with the student -- you're going to need to dedicate time to helping them through their ideas, plans, and coding.

Well said!

It's a very significant commitment. It's the real meaning of Google's
20% time ;-)

I organized and coordinated WordPress's participation for the 1st two
years (2007,2008). The projects that are success *always* have
dedicated, persistent mentors -- I'd also recommend each project
having a backup mentor.

To get started we, as a community, would identify detailed ideas for
projects. Then raise our hands if we were interesting in mentoring any
of the possible projects -- sometimes a mentor will materialize for
the right project.

Students will also propose their own projects, but in my experience
those projects are not often of the right scope and duration, and so
seldom get mentors.

May the source be with you... and you... and you,