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Google Technology Apprentice Program (GTAP)

The Google Technology Apprentice Program (GTAP) is a new initiative of the Silicon Valley GTUG for the summer and fall of 2009. GTAP is inspired by the Google Summer Of Code (GSoC) initiative organized each year by Google. GTAP activities will parallel the GSoC timeline.

The basic premise is simple. College Students in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to participate as "apprentices" in GTAP this summer. We will do our best to find mentors for participating students from the software professionals belonging to Silicon Valley GTUG. Regardless of whether a mentor is assigned, participating students can submit a lightning talk proposal in September for consideration. Our Silicon Valley GTUG meeting in October will consist solely of student lightning talks about their summer projects. We may not have time to showcase every GTAP project at our October meeting. However, we will do something to acknowledge all the participating apprentices and their mentors at the October meeting.

The only requirement of participating students is that they make the resulting code freely available to all as a project on code.google.com or in a comparable online open source project repository. For participating mentors, we do ask that they meet in person with their apprentice at least once a month over the summer. In addition, they should have at least weekly communication with their apprentice. Of course, more frequent interaction between mentors and apprentices would be even better.

If you are a student that would like to participate as an apprentice, please list your meetup member name and a summary of the Google Technologies you plan to use in your summer project:


If you are a software professional that would like to participate as a mentor, please list your meetup member name and a summary of the Google Technologies you can provide support for:

  • Van Riper - Expertise: Java, JavaScript, Google Maps API. Interest: AppEngine Java Runtime, Google Chrome Extensions
  • Bess Ho - Expertise: HTML/CSS/JS/AJAX, PHP/MySQL, Prototyping, UI & UXP Design, Information Architecture, Adobe CS4 (Photoshop, Illustration), Web Analytics, Facebook, OpenSocial, iPhone Web/SDK, Objective-C. Interest: Google Map API, Google Data API, Google App Engine, Mobile. Desirable Objective: Assist the next "Rockstar" to launch. If I am free to select, I would like to mentor a serious builder
  • Hitesh Parashar - Expertise: Java, iPhone SDK, Monetization. Other interests: Android SDK, AppEngine Java Runtime, OpenSocial, Facebook Apps, twitter API.
  • Kevin Nilson (GTUG Co-Leader) - Expertise: Java Web, CSS/JS/AJAX, SQL, Comet, Google Maps, Open Social. Interests: Java, Web, Ajax, Android
  • Tom Wilson - Expertise: Java, Web, XML. Interests: AppEngine Java Runtime, Semantic Web, Google Map API, Google Data API, Google Health
  • David Cao - Expertise: Java, Android Platform Development, Mobile platforms, mobile monetization.
  • Jack Ha - Expertise: Java, Android, iPhone. Interests: AppEngine, Text-To-Speech
  • Replace this text with the next mentor entry

Finally, we are not limiting the mentor opportunities only to our professional members that are already experts in particular technologies. However, please distinguish which are your areas of expertise and which are simply areas you would be interested in learning about along with an apprentice.

We will finalize the pairing of apprentices with mentors by the end of June. Summer projects will run from June through August. Student lightning talk proposals submitted no later than September 15th. GTAP 2009 will conclude with the Summer Project Lightning Talks by Students at our October meeting.

Please direct your questions to Van Riper about this program.

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LabLance February 21, 2015 6:20 PM LabLance
Events around Google IO May 19, 2015 4:31 PM former member
GTUG Campout: Schedule August 22, 2009 11:54 AM Van R.
GTUG Campout: Volunteers August 22, 2009 11:54 AM Van R.
GTUG Campout: Frequently Asked Questions August 22, 2009 11:55 AM Van R.
GTUG Campout: Silicon Valley August 22, 2009 11:53 AM Van R.
Lightning Talks at GTUG Party on May 26th, 2009 May 26, 2009 7:48 PM former member
Google Technology Apprentice Program (GTAP) September 2, 2009 10:50 PM former member
About Google Developer Group Silicon Valley April 5, 2014 7:34 PM Peter

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