There are currently 340 Perl Monger groups worldwide. If 10% of the Perl Monger groups world-wide could agree to find just one student application each, we would have 34 student applicants for 2009, more than double that of last year! Last year we had way more mentors than students, which was obviously a problem of getting the word out to prospective students.
Also, the community didn't "parallelize" and much of the burden of making GSOC2008 happen fell on the shoulders of Eric Wilhelm of PDX.pm, who herded cats and walked on tight-ropes to make everything happen. Thank You, Eric.
This year we need to harness the vast energy that is the global Perl community and focus our energy on things that strengthen us, not divide us. This year is gearing up to be a very exciting year for the Perl (and Parrot!) communities, the first full implementation of Perl 6, Rakudo, is getting ever closer.
Finding great students is the first step to a successful GSOC2009 and the 10% of .pm groups that help the Perl community find them will very much catalyze the process and ensure a happy and healthy Perlsphere.
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