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Fwd: BayTAP Kickoff tonight at Yahoo!

From: Van R.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1:04 PM
I know this is late notice, but, we are getting a tremendous student response to the Bay Area Technology Apprentice Program for this summer. The student project kickoff meeting is tonight at Yahoo! in Sunnyvale and it is not too late for you to sign up to come and start participating as a student project mentor for this summer:


The mentor time commitment will be just a few hours a week over the summer and a great way to support the next generation of software engineers here in Silicon Valley. Check it out!

Cheers, Van

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tom wilson <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 9:37 PM
Subject: [baytap] BayTAP Kickoff at Yahoo! this week
To: [address removed]

Hi and thanks for joining BayTAP, a collective effort of Silicon Valley users groups and technology companies to introduce students to the joys of homebrew software.

Before we get started, I must request that you post your full name on the meetup site. Some of the best technology companies have generously offered to host our meetups, but they do ask that we provide full names of everyone attending. If your profile has a moniker or incomplete name, please correct it before attending the meetup.

Now, the important details:

A quick overview of the summer schedule:
June 9 (Wednesday) kickoff at Yahoo! - projects defined and set up
June 30 - working session at Google and presentation of works in progress
July - another working session (date and location TBD)
August 13-15 - save the date! GTUG Campout. You'll spend the weekend at Google hacking with some of the hardest working people in open source. The theme this year is HTML 5, which will be a good opportunity to add some gee-wiz features and learn a thing or two about the next big thing in web.
Shortly after that will be final presentations.

If you would like to attend the kick off meeting but need to carpool, post a request on the discussion board. At the kickoff meeting we will go into more detail about the student and mentor roles and collaboration.

Meanwhile, your homework is to start thinking about the first task on your project. You will need to formally define your project and set up an open source repository, which is what we will help you do. You can follow a template like this one:

Project Definition
* Name/Description
* Participant list
* Goal/Product Spec/Features
* Project artifacts
o dev environment setup - tools and libraries (IDE, plugins, etc)
o source repository
o Collaboration tools (IM, wave, buzz, tokbox, cloud documents, email, etc)
* Hours estimate (8-10 per week x 10-12 weeks =[masked]hrs suggested)
* Plan
o Start date
o End date
o Team meeting schedule
o Stories, Tasks and Sprints (or equivalent documented plan)

If you want to be a master carpenter, start by building a birdhouse. If you can build a great birdhouse, you can develop all the skills you need. At BayTAP this summer we are doing the software equivalent of building a birdhouse, a small open source project that can be completed in a person's spare time over the course of the summer. A modest but well-crafted piece of software, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and limited scope.

You will get out of this program what you put in. My hope is that by the end of the summer you have not only built something, but you also have a foundation to continue, and the tools and skills to continue building.

Cheers

-tom

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