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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Looking for London (UK) area mentors
Date Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:30:28 GMT
I recently received a request from Barry Cranford (cc'd) the man
behind the London based Graduate Developer Community and the London
Java Community, both very active groups. He's on the look out for
"project ambassadors" from open source projects that can spend a
little time with his groups raising awareness about their projects and
how to get involved. I've been to some of his past events and am happy
to recommend them.

See below for more information.

Ross

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Barry Cranford <bc@recworks.co.uk>
Date: 20 October 2012 06:39
Subject: Re: LJC MaP - Can you help?
To: Barry Cranford <bc@recworks.co.uk>, Ross Gardler <rgardler@apache.org>


Is this the best address to use? The last one bounced.

B


On 20 Oct 2012, at 03:25, Barry Cranford wrote:

Hey Ross,

I hope all is well. I'm not sure if you noticed my recent email out to
the LJC (below), but it struck me you may be able to help me out with
a few introductions or by sending to any Apache projects you know of
with committers in London. No worries if you'd rather not get involved
in this particular part, but hopefully it will really help get more
people involved in OSS development. Either way because of your
background and role, I'd be especially keen to hear your thoughts and
opinion on the project and subject in general...

I am now in the process of reaching out to as many people as possible
to get a network of Project Ambassadors that would be interested in
the opportunity to meet with and pitch their projects at small groups
of developers, with the aim of drafting new members to get involved in
their projects. This is only going to work if we get a good population
of projects involved. I would like to invite you to join a google
group of Project Ambassadors, for the LJC Meet a Project series of
events.

If you did miss the earlier emails (or have had this email forwarded
to you) then here is some background - one thing I have observed over
the last five years, both as a recruiter and as a community leader is
that there is a gap in the software industry, around open source
software. There are a lot of developers in the industry, from students
to experienced developers that are interested to get involved in
something in addition to their day time position, but aren't really
sure where to start. There are also a great deal of interesting
projects covering everything from popular open source frameworks to
the Adopt a JSR program launched by the LJC. Many of these projects
rely on support/enthusiasm from developers and are keen to get more
enthusiastic people involved. Not to mention that most candidates that
get involved in personal projects seem to escalate their careers,
salaries, day rates and passion for the industry (which all makes our
job easier ;-)).

Having been involved in several sporadic events over the last few
years that aim to plug this gap, we are now looking to run a permanent
series of events called LJC Meet a Project (@LJCMaP). The events will
be in a speed networking style, similar to the GDC Meet a Mentor
events, involving Project Ambassadors speaking to small groups of 3-6
developers. Giving a pitch of the project, then answering questions
before moving on to another group. The events are intended to answer
potential committers' questions around the projects, focussed mainly
around starting points. These are not recruitment events or
opportunities for companies to find new employees, but to help offer a
way for developers to work alongside their existing positions to gain
experience and develop communications and technical skills. The events
will run in association with my company RecWorks, the events team here
will take care of all of the organisation/facilitation of the events
to ensure that all is well organised and the process is as smooth as
possible, so all you need to do is turn up on the day which should
hopefully boost attendance, scale and sustainability of the events.

I'd love to have you as a part of this group, if it sounds like
something that could be of interest, let me know. The project
ambassadors will all be organised through a separate Google Group - if
you're up for being involved let me know and I'll send you an invite
to the group.

Warm regards,
Barry





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