Summer of Coders at Google Pittsburgh

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

On Tuesday, July 15th, I had the opportunity to visit the Google Pittsburgh office. I had visited once before for a talk given one evening. I thought it was a great opportunity to meet other participants in Google Summer of Code™ along with Googlers that were into free/open source software.

The whole morning was quite informal, with two students and me (a former student and mentor this year) along with four Googlers for most of the day. It was great to hear how the two current students found their projects and to look around the Google offices and meet people working there.

Bina Patel, Jared Wenerd, Brady Hunsaker and me enjoying Google Pittsburgh

After chatting for what must have been over an hour about open source software, coding, programming languages, careers and the pros and cons of Nerf weaponry in the office we enjoyed lunch in the canteen where the conversations continued. The time seemed to fly by and before I knew it we were in the foyer having our photos taken before leaving. Our hosts gave us all Google Pittsburgh T-shirts, which is very nicely stylized.

It's all about the t-shirt.