Google Summer of Code/Administrators

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Read below the responsibilities of Wikimedia's organization administrator in various phases of the Google Summer of Code program. Note: Contents in this page follow the timeline of the previous round which might be different next year, but the process of the program will more or less remain the same.

After the program is announced[edit]

October 10 - January 19

  1. Recruit two organization administrators. As the timeline and process of both Google Summer of Code and Outreachy programs are similar and require coordination, it is recommended to have the same administrators organizing them. 
  2. Create Google Summer of Code 20XX page on MediaWiki.org. Add ideas for possible projects, administrators contact information, and link to the application process steps. Also, in Phabricator, create a corresponding milestone or request permission to create one if you don't have already.
  3. Select ideas for possible projects from the outreach-programs-projects workboard or by reaching out to mentors on the mailing lists. See example here. Task description of chosen projects should meet the listed criteria.

Mentoring organizations application period[edit]

January 19 - February 9

  1. Apply to be a mentor organization. Visit the official program site to learn how to apply. Re-use application data from previous year.
  2. Monitor steps from section above. Select or refine project ideas, update them on Phabricator & MediaWiki.org page. 

February 27 - March 20

  1. Request for help with mentoring projects (example) on the Wikitech-l & Wikimedia-l mailing lists.

OPTIONAL: Host an information session for applicants. For one of the previous rounds, we used YouTube for the live broadcast and IRC for a simultaneous discussion (more details).

Student application period[edit]

Before the deadline: February 27 - March 20

  1. Suggest next steps in the process to both students and mentors. Encourage students to follow both the official and Wikimedia's application process guidelines. Remind mentors to review student proposals on Phabricator and give them feedback.  
  2. Answer students and mentors queries. They might approach you via various communication mediums (emails, Phabricator, IRC). Be prompt in your replies.   
  3. Provide a group communication tool to interns and mentors In the few recent rounds, we have encouraged the use of Zulipfor Q&A; check one of the previous streams.

After the deadline: April 3 - May 4

  1. Ask mentors to review applications mentors. Encourage them to follow the selection process tips and report to you their score.
  2. Announce results on Wikitech-I & Wikimedia-I mailing lists once they are out. You could also send emails to accepted participants & congratulate them. See email examples one, two.

Internship period[edit]

May 4 - August 30

  1. Engage students in your community. Prepare a list of small tasks to help students get familiar with the community practices and processes. See example here

May 31 - August 29

  1. Suggest next steps in the process to both students and mentors. Encourage students to write weekly reports, work towards accomplishing milestones in their project timeline, communicate regularly with mentors, and submit evaluations on time. Encourage mentors to continue providing guidance to students during this time. 
  2. Facilitate the process of selecting mentors for attending the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit. See for example.

OPTIONAL:

  • Host an IRC chat with students. Allow students to learn and share their work with fellow participants and request feedback. 
  • Share students' weekly reports with the community. See example here.
  • Add students [wikitech:Planet.wikimedia.org#How_do_i_add/remove_feed_URLs? blog feeds to Wikimedia planet].

Wrap-up[edit]

August 29 - late October

  1. Suggest next steps in the process to both students and mentors. Ensure no pull requests are remaining to be merged and deployed in production and documentation both on-wiki and in the code is complete.  
  2. Add students projects to the Google Summer of Code past projects page
  3. Archive the corresponding milestone project in Wikimedia Phabricator.

OPTIONAL:

  • Write a blog post for Wikimedia and/or Google Open Source blog Include information about participants, projects they worked on, what they accomplished, etc. At the very least, announce on Wikitech-I & Wikimedia-I mailing list.
  • Host a lightning showcase Invite students to share the projects they built with the community.   

Additional notes[edit]

  • For the sections listed below, do not miss any email reminders from Google as they will contain information about important deadlines.

Resources[edit]