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GSoC Bird of Feather Session at OpenSourceBridge


The first day of OpenSourceBridge was amazing and we finished it off by having a Bird of Feather session for people involved and/or interested in Google Summer of Code.

gsoc_bof_osbridge1.jpgI know that it was very helpful to hear and talk about how the current GSoC is going with my fellow organization admins, mentors and students. Cat Allman, Ellen Ko and Leslie Hawthorn contributed a lot of knowledge and experience about how to deal with things when they go pear-shaped, and I even met an organization and mentor that are my neighbors! Some of the great ideas that came out of this were that first-year organizations would be greatly helped by having a "buddy" organization that has been involved in GSoC before, so that a brand-new organization admin can have a friendly ear to bend when they need help. I mentioned this because I usually bend Bart Massey's ear when I need some GSoC guidance, and I thought that other first-year admins could also greatly benefit from something like this.

I was a mentor for the The Perl Foundation last year, with the Math::GSL project and this year I find myself the organization admin as well as a mentor for the Math::Primality project, which implements advanced prime-checking algorithms for Perl 5. It is definitely a big step to go from mentor to admin and meeting up with people in the same situation really helps!

I will definitely be going to OpenSourceBridge next year and hope that we have a GSoC meetup there again.

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