[Members] GSoC

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Fri Feb 26 14:02:36 CST 2010


Yes, I have always been the org admin -- and I've always been too busy
to make that trip to Mountain View...

On 2/26/10 12:36 PM, Arc Riley wrote:
> The org admin role cannot be split, though there may be a backup.
> 
> The org admin is a thankless job that should only be taken on by a
> really dedicated volunteer, messing up would hurt the XSF's future
> ability to participate in the program.
> 
> As a small award, however, the org admin gets a free all-expense paid
> trip to Mountain View, CA for the GSoC mentors summit in the Fall - so
> maybe not all thankless.
> 
> The org admin should be the one to write the XSF's application and most
> of the other tasks Peter listed.
> 
> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 6:49 PM, Fabio Forno <fabio at bluendo.com
> <mailto:fabio at bluendo.com>> wrote:
> 
>     On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Peter Saint-Andre
>     <stpeter at stpeter.im <mailto:stpeter at stpeter.im>> wrote:
>     > Well, we seem to have consensus. Now who is going to do the work?
>     And I
>     > assure you that it is a lot of work! Here are the "Top 20" tasks
>     you can
>     > look forward to:
>     >
>     > 1. Writing the XSF's application to be an official GSoC organization
>     > 2. Finding and interviewing potential mentors
>     > 3. Defining potentially interesting projects
>     > 4. Reading dozens and dozens of applications on very short notice
>     > 5. Exhorting the mentors to read those applications, too
>     > 6. Collating the votes and making the final decisions
>     > 7. Handling the transition from selection to actual work
>     > 8. For mentors, babysitting the students
>     > 9. For the org admin, babysitting the mentors :)
>     > 10. Getting everyone to report on their progress regularly
>     > 11. Holding weekly / fortnightly groupchat meetings
>     > 12. Making sure that everyone is on track at all times
>     > 13. Completing the first-half progress check / report
>     > 14. Dropping students who aren't making sufficient progress
>     > 15. Finding replacement mentors if necessary
>     > 16. Pushing through the second half of GSoC to project completion
>     > 17. Frantically taking care of last-minute disasters
>     > 18. Writing and submitting a final report to Google
>     > 19. Keeping after Google for payment
>     > 20. Disbursing funds to our mentors
>     >
>     > I can assure you that I simply don't have time for all those tasks, or
>     > even for any of them. So who is going to step forward?
>     >
> 
>     split responsibilities:
>     - administration stuff and relations with google by the board
>     - project selection by the council and the board
>     - project running/monitoring by a special team formed by mentors which
>     are also members and with one of council as lead
> 
>     --
>     Fabio Forno,
>     Bluendo srl http://www.bluendo.com
>     jabber id: ff at jabber.bluendo.com <mailto:ff at jabber.bluendo.com>
> 

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