Re: [Soc-coordination] mentoring programs in Debian
On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM, Lucas Nussbaum <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> And I also think that in terms of internship programs (=~ "full-time
> work inside the project during the summer"), we should explore joining
> other programs and/or creating our own.
If there's anything that I hope to see happen from this discussion,
it's probably the above. I think that Debian can benefit greatly from
having its own (semi-)formal internship/mentorship program, in
addition to existing channels (i.e. mailing lists and IRC). The
closest thing we have right now are team initiatives like Debian Med's
MoM, but I'm hoping for a project-wide initiative. We want to attract
contributors to the project that stay long-term, and having a bit of a
personalized touch would definitely help new and prospective
contributors to stay and engage with the rest of the community, and to
continue working on Debian even after GSoC/GCI, or whatever internship
program they were involved in, ends.
I'm not sure about the details, but we could look into establishing
something similar to X.org's EVoC  program, although possibly
without the cash prizes (I doubt that there's going to be enough
interest for funding to be justified).