Spreading the Summer Love in South America

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You may recall the recent post by Borja Sotomayor about the five Google Summer of Code™ information sessions he organized in the Chicago, USA area. Several other students and mentors are following in Borja's footsteps, and we'll be bringing you news about many of these meetups. Most recently, several former students have been busy spreading the word about the program to students at their local universities in South America.

Five former students teamed up to promote the program at the University of Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bruno Cardoso, Bruno Dilly, Luis Felipe Strano Moraes, João Batista Correa Gomes Moreira and João Paulo Rechi Vita spoke to a packed lecture hall, showcasing the strong past participation of University of Campinas students. They also dispensed some advice about how to apply, including best practices for community interaction, and shared a bit about their past experience as students in the program. You can find more details, including pictures from the session, on João Paulo Rechi Vita's blog.

Rodrigo Lazo presents at the San Pablo Catholic University

Rodrigo Lazo arranged an information session at the San Pablo Catholic University in Arequipa, Peru. About 50 people came to the session, meaning standing room only for a few of the attendees. In addition to telling folks more about the program and how to write a successful proposal, Rodrigo also educated them about Open Source software: what it is, why people write and release Open Source code and why getting involved in the Open Source world is exciting and rewarding.

Standing room only at the information session in Arequipa, Peru

Have you hosted a Google Summer of Code information session at your local school or computer club? Are you planning to host one? Let us know! Share your plans, results and thoughts in the comments section or on the program discussion list.