Public Lab has received support for students to work on Public Lab software projects via Google's Summer of Code program -- 2017 is our fourth great year of open source coding! In 2017 we also joined the Rails Girls Summer of Code program.
This is a key way that we are able to develop our collaborative platform (this site) as well as other Public Lab coding projects.
We especially welcome contributions from people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software!
Want to get involved? Read over our Summer of Code Ideas Page to learn about possible projects
Call for proposals
Our call for proposals is not yet open, but read the Ideas page and ask questions below to get started!
|Software project ideas for upcoming 2018 Summer of Code fellowships?||@warren||14 days ago||4|
|Create a welcoming "first-timers-only" issue to invite new software contributors||-||-||@warren||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Help Public Lab’s software grow by joining a supportive team||-||-||@warren||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Use Git and GitHub to contribute and improve Public Lab software||-||-||@warren||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
|Make the most basic github contribution||-||-||@liz||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.
What does it mean to be a mentor?
Mentors check in with a student at least once per week roughly from May-August, and offer some project management guidance and encouragement... while relying on the plots-dev list and the
@publiclab/reviewers group on GitHub to provide code-specific input, so that we share the burden of specific technical support.
This means that to be a mentor you don't necessarily need to know how to code -- we need mentors who know Public Lab's community and practices well, and who can encourage students to speak up when they get stuck, and to ask the community for input and testing of their work. Students often get stuck when they don't know how something should look, or how a feature might be used by the community -- contextual info!
Some more resources on mentoring:
- our Summer of Code workflow
- read different ways to mentor in this post -- we need various types!
- read about what reviewers do day-to-day on Public Lab code projects
- read about our commitment to modularity, very important in how we ask contributors to work
- read over our software outreach strategies
- http://write.flossmanuals.net/gsoc-mentoring/ also has a lot of resources on mentoring, though not specific to Public Lab
- Starting in 2017, we began using tags to organize content, such as #soc-2017
- GSOC 2016 program, projects, students and mentors
- GSOC 2015 program (application only), projects, students and mentors
- GSoC 2014 program, projects, students and mentors
- GSoC 2013 program
- GSoC 2013 mentors & proposals