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We are so pleased that Systers was accepted into GSoC (Google Summer of Code) 2013 as a Mentoring Organization. We have participated as a mentoring organization for the past few years and every year we are excited to have a chance to help more women learn Python, coding practices and collaborate with other techies in open source. GSoC is one opportunity where we can provide women computer scientists an opportunity to participate in an important hands-on way. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get exposed to open source languages and technologies, the various open source communities and network/collaborate with great developers. Additionally, it is a great way to contribute to a broader technical open source community.
Do you want to help a young female student gain important development skills? How about helping ABI in our mission to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women? What about making a difference in someone’s life and contributing to helping bring young talent to the technical community? Or maybe it’s just about changing the ratio? You could also be chosen to attend Mentor Summit at Google’s Mountain View campus October 19-20, 2013. This is a great opportunity to meet other mentors from other mentoring organizations, collaborate on how their program went and perhaps do some coding with your fellow mentors.
For whatever reasons, Systers would love the opportunity to have our GSoC students learn from the incredible women from the ABI community. Connect with other mentors, learn more about our project and know that you will help a young woman learn to code or hone their coding skills. We are looking for Mentors to help us this year, so if you have the requirements, APPLY to be a mentor. You must apply on our Systers GSoC home page.
Looking for something to do this summer? GSoC is a great opportunity to 1) tighten up on your coding skills, 2) learn from great Systers and women who have incredible development experience, and 3) collaborate with other who are geographical dispersed. This will be challenging, but after the program you will take with you great skills gained and better communication skills in a virtual environment.
Why Systers GNU Mailman Project?
There are several great reasons why students and mentors would want to work with Systers GNU Mailman Project.
- First, Systers is all about supporting the mission of getting more women to code and be better coders. Our community is strictly for technical women so the technical and personal support is always there.
- Our mailing list uses the GNU Mailman software which is written in Python programming language.
- We recently migrated to Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) which hosts a large number of open source communities.
- Our server is CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) an “Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor.”(CentOS)
A Broader Technical Community
Robin Jeffries and Jen Redman (Director of IT at Oregon Public Broadcasting) kicked off our Systers GNU Mailman project many years ago. However, over the years, incredible features were added that are very specific to our community. With Systers GNU Mailman project, students will actually be able to collaborate with great mentors, other students and work with a broader technical community.
- We are working with Python Foundation Software organization admin, Dr. Terri Oda, who also happens to be a Syster and instrumental to our Systers GNU Mailman. Terri is incredibly knowledgeable and one of the core developers for GNU Mailman. She has been a mentor for Systers GSoC and backup organization admin.
- We also have James Lopeman (a.k.a. Meflin) as backup admin from Linux Kernel Foundation. Meflin has experience as an organization admin and has been great in the GSoC process.
- Our servers are hosted with Oregon State University Open Source Lab. Lance Albertson, Director of Operations, is helping us with getting our virtual machines ready for our student environment.
So if you’re willing, join Systers GNU Mailman project for GSoC this year. Join us this summer for a great learning experience for everyone.
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