Sunday, November 08, 2009

Google SoC Mentor Summit 2009


We arrived in San Francisco International Airport(SFO) on Wednesday night and almost lost our way to meet each other after our grueling flights. We stayed around the airport for the night and planned for our visit to San Francisco on the next day. We had a blast visiting spots like the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf.

Finally Friday came and we departed from downtown to Mountain View. We took the BART then exchanged to a Caltrain line which was marred with adventures. We met someone with a GSoC T-Shirt, a Polish guy, Tomasz Kosiak, from Tcl/Tk. The shirt had an aura for the attendees when we met other GSoC folks from Git and Drupal where we boarded the train and talked about the summit and activities to divulge around. The train stopped at Sunny Vale and we took a cab to meet the folks of the open source world!

We met a lot of guys during the dinner and it was a awesome night, with awesome *geek* talks. :)

The Mentor Summit is a two day event over the weekend where every participants are exposed talks and are allowed to propose an hour long talk which would be voted by the masses if its interesting enough to be slotted into the summit. The talks would span throughout the event.

After the breakfast in Googleplex, we went up to the second floor to propose our talk on "Customizing GSoC" which was scheduled it at 4pm on Saturday.

In the summit kickoff talk, we met Fyodor, from the Nmap Project. Right after that, we attended several talks on Security and finer points of the GSoC program where it was highly interactive and enlightening to a point.

We receive a GSoC Mentoring Guide that you can be found there. The guide was done at a blazing speed so good job folks!

Our talk on "Customizing GSoC" was a good hour discussing ways to improve and customize GSoC. It's great to see Ellen Ko sharing our view and she had given a talk about it at the Atlanta Linux Fest. We shared our experiences on Umit SoC and detailed our approach.

Some important points that we'd like share with you guys:

- Create a comprehensive developer guide based with insights from developers and students
- Keep up USoC and improve the best we can
- Open Source rocks!

Luís and Devtar

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