Great suggestion Srikanth!

I totally agree with you on quality, staging and motivation aspects.

Cheers,
Ram


On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik....@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Apart from studying ourselves, It would also be interesting to do a case
> study of similar student participatory programs and take best practices and
> incorporate them. Google Summer of Code would be a classic example, though
> its a summer contract, but some of the aspects are worth comparing.
>
> 1. GSoC has a steep(okay relatively much higher) barrier to entry to
> attract the cream of students inturn the number of students would be
> significantly less.
> 2. Many students continue to contribute to the organization / open source
> in general beyond the contract
> 3. Strong staging process to cross the gates(merging the codeline happens
> mostly post final evaluation) ensures impact of the student does not affect
> the community.
> 4. Many communities are largely happy to participate in GSoC since they
> usually get contributors to the community.
> 5. Communication models that exist in the program, typically there would
> be hardly anyone from the city / country for that matter to mentor. The
> communication happens online inspite of timezone differences.
> 6. GSoC gives a huge money as motivation, but most students join the
> program for reasons beyond money though they swipe the cards :D
>
> There are few students on this list who took the same program with WMF,
> they could share some insights too!
>
> Regards,
> Srikanth L
>
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