[development] Google Code-In (GHOP v2.0)

Angela Byron drupal-devel at webchick.net
Thu Oct 21 17:47:14 UTC 2010

Greetings, Development List!

Just wanted to raise to your attention that Google is sponsoring a program to help 13-18 year olds get involved in open source called Google Code-In:http://code.google.com/opensource/gci/2010-11/index.html. The program runs Nov. 22 - January 10, and the past incarnation (GHOP) netted us rockstars such as Jimmy Berry (who wrote the infrastructure for our automated testing bot), Daniel Wehner (who is now a Views co-maintainer), and Charlie Gordon (who has done a bunch of work in core on SimpleTest and D7UX patches).

We're currently in the "apply as a mentoring organization" status, and in order to do that, we need a list of tasks in eight categories (Code, Documentation, Outreach, Quality Assurance, Research, Training, Translation, and User Interface) that someone in jr. high/high school could pick off in a week or so. This task list is due next Friday, and I'd love to have at least 25-30 tasks in a variety of areas ready to go well in advance of that.

Since there are a lot of module maintainers on this list, I should point out that this program isn't limited in any way to core, since that seems to be a misconception.If you have fun/interesting problems in your issue queue that you've been meaning to solve but haven't found the time, or documentation that really needs to get written, a mockup you want created of some tricky interaction screen, etc. these would all make great tasks.

Also, to head this off at the pass, I'd like to not simply cop-out and fill the list with 10,000 "Port X module to Drupal 7" and "Write SimpleTests for Module X" (although we have that to fall back on for 3-5 tasks in the list). This program isn't about getting free child labour, it's about inspiring the next generation of open source contributors. Further, it's very obvious to students (and Google, for that matter) how much work mentoring organizations put into their task list and a lame copy/paste job (which is what we'll have to resort to if we can't find enough good tasks :\) is likely to get students heading off to another project.

Anyway, if you can help, please see instructions at http://groups.drupal.org/node/101019. We currently have 0 viable tasks, and only one task suggestion, so any help we can get here is appreciated. :(



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