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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@opendirective.com>
Subject Re: Introduction: students want to learn about Apache
Date Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:39:04 GMT
Count me in for remote support or local support in the Seattle area. Happy
to help make something happen in Seattle.


On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM, Nóirín Plunkett <noirin@apache.org> wrote:

Community Project,

Let me introduce Shauna, from Openhatch.org.

She sets up events for college students who are interested in open source.
Her next batch of kids, at George Mason University (April 19th -
http://hackmason.org/openhatch/), is interested in Apache--would anyone be
available to go and talk with them? Alternatively, would anyone be
available to participate remotely/via video call? (I've known Openhatch for
several years now, and can strongly vouch for their awesome bona fides.)

Openhatch also have events coming up in Boston (April 26th and 27th),
Chicago (April 26th), Salinas (May 3rd) and elsewhere, where Apache people
would be very welcome to get involved.

There are a few main ways to be involved as a mentor.  For people who are
local to an event, they are very welcome to come and mentor throughout the
day.  This usually means answering questions, sometimes presenting
activities, and helping students contribute to projects.  The last part of
the day involves a period of 1-3 hours where students begin to make
contributions to open source projects.  If people feel there are specific
projects they know well--particularly projects you're a committer for--you
can help students contribute to those projects specifically.

To be a "project lead" one does not have to be there in person--you can do
this remotely by being paired with a local mentor.  It's also important to
note that mentors don't have to be programmers, and contributions are not
just code contributions.  Any kind of open source contribution is welcome,
as are any kind of contributor.  :)

Lastly, it's also possible to be part of their "remote career panels".
 When Openhatch don't have enough people to do an in-person career panel,
they get open source professionals from around the country to join in on a
video call where students ask questions like, "How do people make money off
of open source?"  "Was it hard to find a job working on free/open source
software?" and others.

Questions are probably best directed to Shauna herself--I'm just the
conduit :-)

Thanks!

Noirin



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