This is a very late post about the Google Summer of Code Reunion 2014. I will not share too many details, just a summary of the most relevant things (for me).
The big difference on this year, was that people were celebrating the 10th anniversary of Summer of Code. So many things were different compared to previous Mentors Summit:
- Not a Mentors Summit, a Complete Reunion. A lot of students participated this time. Personally I met and I talked to many students, it’s very good to get feedback and see how was their experience, face-to-face feedback makes a big difference.
- The event was hosted in the San Diego Marriott hotel. In previous years most of the activities were done on the Google Plex, this time was different and I can conclude it’s because the large amount of people attended between Organizations, Past-Organizations and Students.
- Gala night event: I had to admit that was fun to see many people from the open source community dressed in casual mode, had the opportunity to see people from other countries using their native customs (I am sure there is a best word for that but I cannot find it). The big surprise of the night was to see Linus Torvalds who shared his experiences on stage. For the record: he was very nicely with everyone who wanted to talk to him, take a pic or drink a beer.
- Google rented the Great America park just for US!, our first impression was: is this just for us!???.
On the other side, I had the opportunity to met one of the Monkey core developers Sonny Karlsson, very nice person!. Would be awesome if open source projects had the opportunity to met people more frequently.
Another surprise was to met face-to-face people that I used to collaborate with. Many years ago I was lucky enough to join the One Laptop Per Child organization through Google Summer of Code. On that moment I met Walter Bender, Bernie Innocenti and Martin Abente. Most of them are hardly working on Sugar and still helping the XO laptops on development countries, isn’t wonderful ?
More pictures available on the following link:
The event was a real celebration, we also held many presentations and meetings, not only about GSoC but also about side projects within others.
In a few words, the event was great and very professional, I am always happy to share and listen about experiences from people that have years on Open Source or others that just joined, this environment really adds value and is very refreshing to have this kind of events.
Note: if you were interested into the Duda I/O presentation, here are the slides
– Attached a Slideshare link to the Duda I/O presentation given at the lightning talks session