Lessons on Recruiting Open Source Contributors from the Google Summer of Code

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The Google Summer of Code enables ~1000 students to contribute full-time to open-source software every summer. This will be Gentoo Linux's 7th year in GSoC, and we successfully recruit around 2/3 of all the students who participate in our program as long-term developers (typically ~15/year participate and ~10 join).

This talk will introduce you to GSoC, share what we've learned from it, and attempt to convince you to apply next year, either as a student or a mentoring organization.

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Lessons on Recruiting Open Source Contributors from the Google Summer of Code

  1. 1. Recruiting open-source contributors ORMake your mentoring full of winDonnie BerkholzCouncil Member, Gentoo LinuxAnalyst, RedMonk@dberkholz
  2. 2. Gentoos GSoC statistics●2006 10/14 pass 7/10 developers●2007 8/9 pass 2/8 developers●2008 5/6 pass 1/5 developers●2009 6/7 pass 4/6 developers●2010 16/19 pass 11/16 developers●2011 14/15 pass ??/14 developers
  3. 3. 0. Set goals & measure progress Flickr: koenvereeken
  4. 4. 1. Establish the expectationthat most contributors becomelong-term developers Flickr: mount_otz
  5. 5. 2. Make theminteract as a truecommunitymember,not through amentors conduit Flickr: kalandrakas
  6. 6. 3. Dont letthem slipaway.Sometimes,all you haveto do is ask. Flickr: hashir
  7. 7. Steps to mentoring success0. Choose and track goals1. Set expectations2. Interact as a community3. Maintain the connection
  8. 8. Donnie BerkholzCouncil Member, Gentoo LinuxAnalyst, RedMonk@dberkholz

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