GSoC OPW ends soon pencils down 9 16…

GSoC/OPW ends soon (pencils down 9/16, complete stop 9/23, evaluations due 9/27). I’m reaching out to all mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. and students today to make sure everyone is on track for an on-time finish. Will be asking each student to spend the week between pencils down and hard stop creating a screencasted demo of their project like we’ve done in past years to share with the community, and to clean up their documentation if they let it slide during the coding period.

To keep track of who has sent back their check-in responses, here’s the list.

  • Ryan McCue, JSONJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.-based REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/.
  • Bryan Petty
  • Eric Mann
  • Kat Hagan, Post by Email
  • Justin Shreve
  • George Stephanis
  • Siobhan Bamber, support (forums, training, documentation)
  • Mika Epstein
  • Hanni Ross
  • Frederick Ding, improving portability
  • Andrew Nacin
  • Mike Schroder
  • Sayak Sakar, Firefox OS
  • Eric Johnson
  • Alex Höreth, editor revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision.
  • Dominik Schilling
  • Aaron Campbell
  • Mert Yazicioglu, profiles
  • Scott Reilly
  • Boone Gorges
  • Daniele Maio, Blackberry 10 (@jenmylo)
  • Danilo Ercoli

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Summer Intern Midterms

We’ve reached the midterm point of GSoC/OPW, and I’m happy to report that all of our students have passed their midterm review.

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Summer Internships Kickoff

Most people probably saw the post over on wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//news that announced our summer interns via GSoC and OPW.

This summer’s WordPress GSoC/Gnome OPW interns span a number of contributor groups. Rather than create a standalone blog for all the students as we have in the past, this year we’ll be trying something different, as our community structure has changed since our last round. Each intern will post their detailed weekly updates on the team blog for the contributor group with which their project most naturally aligns, while posting about administrative things will happen here on the community team site.

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GSoC and Gnome Status Update: May 7, 2013

GSoC’s application period is closed. I requested 9-12 slot allocations, and we’ll find out hov many we get tomorrow. The mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. are currently choosing which students/projects they want to take on, after a few days of reviewing all the applications. We received a total of 56 applications, 7 of which I weeded out for not filling in the application as needed (quasi-spam), from 49 individual students. There are about 20 mentors reviewing the proposals. UPDATE: We have been awarded 9 slots for GSoC.

Gnome Outreach Program for Women (OPW) is a little less formal since all communication happens through email instead of through an application like GSoC uses (melange). 10 women sent in applications, of which there a few strong candidates in the areas of code, support, and documentation. There are also some women who contacted us through the form on this site asking for more specifics about projects, mentors, and how to make a contribution. Have been replying to them telling them they can still apply as long as it is before our decision deadline (May 8), so will be accepting applications from those folks for another day, and they’ll have until May 17th to make their sample contribution to the project before we make the selection decisions. If possible, I’d like to be able to take on at least 3 interns from the OPW program.

Automattic has offered to sponsor the first intern, so I’m hoping for community support to cover the extra cost. 3 interns will cost $17,250 ($5,750 per intern), so any WordPress-based businesses willing to help offset some of this cost would be much-lauded. If you’re interested in helping with financial sponsorship, you can send a message using the Ask a Question form, or you can pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” me on irc/skype/email if you already have that contact info. Every little bit helps!

#gnome, #gsoc, #opw, #sponsorship

The deadline for applying to the Gnome program…

The deadline for applying to the Gnome program has now passed. I’ll collate the applications we received and will bring in the appropriate mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. and/or team reps to review this week. We have until May 8 to decide who we want to sponsor.

Note: GSoC’s application period lasts until May 3.

#gnome, #gsoc, #opw

Summer Mentorship Programs: GSoC and Gnome Outreach Program for Women

GSoC

I submitted the WordPress application to participate in GSoC on March 29th, the deadline for applying. The mobile team helpfully added a bunch of project ideas, but coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team has been so focused on 3.6 that that area hasn’t gotten much attention, so I don’t know if we’ll be accepted or not. I left in the (not yet done) ideas and mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. from a past year so that we wouldn’t look empty, but I would have liked more new projects to get in there. Will be trying to get some core peeps to help round it out today at WC Miami, and will shoot Carol at GSoC an email to let her know we’ve added more stuff (since they finished reviewing applications yesterday, and are announcing accepted orgs on Monday).

If we are accepted I’ll be looking for 2 people to project manage the program for the season. Will talk to a couple of likely people at WC Miami about that today as well.

Gnome Outreach Program for Women

I applied for WordPress to be a mentoring organization for the Gnome program, and we have been accepted. Some good things and some less than good things about this one.

Good Things:

  • Not limited to just code. We could take on interns in design, support, translation, documentation, community management, you name it. And code, of course. Much more leeway in the effort to grow the ranks of women project contributors. How awesome would it be for a budding/potential support team member to be officially mentored by @ipstenu or @andrea_r? To have a design intern that could help with all the Make site stuff? To have a pm or org management type get involved with the day to day minutiae of managing our contributor community, much of which goes undone because I and many other people all run out of time for lower-priority administrative tasks? To do pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party reviews? To work on some of the international things suggested by Cátia and Zé? Helping with WC and MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. approvals? We have so many community jobs that don’t get the same level of attention as core contribution, and this would really put a spotlight on some of those areas.
  • It’s a small program, communication has been very easy and low-stress so far, and the women overseeing it are readily accessible.
  • Students get a stipend of around 5k for the summer, so they can work full-time on the projects.

Less Good Things (well, not less good, but less easy):

  • Unlike GSoC, which is funded by Google so all we have to contribute is our time as mentors and admins, the Gnome program will require us to fundraise in order to cover costs. We need to cover at least one intern, and from there it seems to depend on how the general fundraising goes. Basically thinking now’s the time to start a fundraising effort aimed squarely at growing contributor diversity, to cover Gnome program, trainings, etc.
  • We don’t have a list from a previous year of undone things that we can swipe. Well, we do and we don’t. Code projects can be swiped from there, but we need to come up with a list of mentors and project ideas for the non-code stuff tout de suite. Will try to get some people together at WC Miami to help with this also, but comments on this post from anyone with a project idea and/or willing to be a potential mentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. for the summer would be great.

Anyway, on Monday we’ll know about GSoC, so we can make an announcement about both programs together. Will also be announcing some plans for WordPress’s 10th anniversary early this coming week.

#gnome, #gsoc, #interns

Will need two volunteers to be the admins…

Will need two volunteers to be the admins for GSoC, overseeing our application, mentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. wrangling, and if we get selected, student wrangling. Good project management skills required, familiarity with core contributorsCore Contributors Core contributors are those who have worked on a release of WordPress, by creating the functions or finding and patching bugs. These contributions are done through Trac. https://core.trac.wordpress.org. a plus.

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