lunedì 16 marzo 2015

Google Summer of Code meetup at Udine University

After being Google Summer of Code student with KDE I finally decided to organize a GSoC meetup in University of Udine. I requested a classroom with projector to show a little presentation of the program. The number of attendees 80 exceeded expectations. We were expecting around 40 people but more than  actually showed up. Luckily there was enough room for everyone.
The response was great with a lot of people asking for guidance and details that are covered in the FAQ and also personal opinions and advices that only a past student can provide. I'm now actively helping a bunch of students connecting with opensource organizations in order to get ready to work during the summer. It seems, in my opinion, that one of the biggest troubles is the fear of failing and the misconception of GSoC being a corporate job where the students needs to just work and know everything from the beginning. Apparently what blocked students most is the fear of be judged by potential mentors.
I also presented KDE project, which joined GSoC every year since the beginning, and the amazing fact is that I received many questions on how to interact with KDE due to GSoC as well as for just joining the community itself, like in pure opensource philosophy.
Overall the event was a success with great response from participants for both GSoC itself and opensource communities in general.

Here are some photos from the event:



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