Once again we will be attempting to participate in the ""Google Code-In":http://":http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012 ("http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012":http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012) on behalf of the Perl Foundation with the support of the Perl Community.
As last year the principal organiser will be Paul Johnson accompanied by Florian Ragwitz, Wesley Johnson and Mark Keating.
We are looking for the whole community to help contribute towards the initiative by providing once more a few things.
1. We need you to head to the "EPO Wiki":http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012 ("http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012":http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012) and fill out "suggestions of small tasks":http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012/tasks ("http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012/tasks":http://wiki.enlightenedperl.org/gci2012/tasks) that can be completed by our prospective students. The rules for tasks have changed this year:
The programme will be limited to 10 mentoring organisations; there were 18 last year. There will be no monetary reward for students. Completing one task earns a certificate. Completing three earns a tee-shirt. Each organisation will select two students out of the five who completed the most tasks for that organisation to be grand prize winners. As before this prize will be a trip to the Google HQ. There will be no easy, medium and hard tasks; instead each task should take a student around three to four hours to complete. And there will be no translation tasks. The tasks will be in five categories:
Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality.
User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
2. We will need you to sign up to mentor the students through their tasks. If you submit tasks it would be great if you could also choose to mentor them but this is not a requirement and don't consider it to be a hindrance to making suggestions. "Sign up to be a mentor":http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012 ("http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012":http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012). It is often a time consuming task, but it isn't thankless. This is a great opportunity to work remotely with young people keen to start in the world of IT.
As always we have an online presence not just via email but on irc and via various mailing lists and the wiki. We have valued all the previous contributions and look forward to a new slew of entries from the various community groups.
The time is tight and there are limited places this year so don't be idle and make sure you contribute early. There is no closing date for adding tasks as they can be added throughout the entire programme, however we wil need to show that there are a number of tasks already present and this must be done before the 12th November. Our application goes in on the 5th November and the organisations are announced on the 12th, this means we must have tasks between those dates. So don't delay.
Your help is, as always greatly needed and mightily appreciated.