[maemo-developers] Maemo at Google's Summer of Code 2007?

From: Quim Gil quim.gil at nokia.com
Date: Fri Mar 2 07:59:10 EET 2007
Let's decide something around this proposal whether it's YES or NO. Do
you want a YES? Keep reading till the end and be active afterward.

If we want to apply for the program we need to do it between March 5-12.
Today is the 2nd, do the math.

Applying is not an effortless exercise, specially considering that
Google says that they will be keeping supporting 100 programs (the same
other hand, I'm still not sure if a company like Nokia can apply. Maemo
has no legal entity by its own. I will ask Google. And Nokia.

We need to provide proper answers to 17 questions:
http://code.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=60303&topic=10727 .
I can work in most of them. But it is *entirely* up to you to take part
in these answers:

7. What is the URL for your ideas page? = WE NEED IDEAS
12. Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account Information.
13. What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors?
Please be as specific as possible. = MENTORS TEAM NEEDS TO BE CONVINCING

Let's agree some rules for this game:

- This is a maemo community project. Ideas, projects and mentors are
pushed by the community. Support to the approved projects will come from
the community.

- Nokia will only put the basic infrastructure (basically authorization
to act in the name of maemo and someone to apply as administrator).
Nokia has no responsibility over the management and results of the
program. Nokia won't add/influence ideas for projects and won't mix it's
own agenda with the proposals of the community.

- Nokia employees can participate as mentors, with their maemo community
hat. Their role in Nokia is irrelevant, their time and skills is what
matters, just like for anybody else mentoring.

- If we have more mentors than approved projects, community mentors will
have a preference and Nokia employees will act as backup.

- Approved projects will be developed in garage.maemo.org with total

- Nokia and Nokia employees won't receive/keep a cent for this program.
Any income originated will be automatically redirected to the community,
in the terms the community agrees (legal and compatible with Nokia's
accountants, although the best thing would be to avoid any payment to

If you want to clarify more points now it's the right time.

Reasons not to apply for the program can be:

- Google saying Nokia can't apply and not providing alternatives.
- Not enough/convincing ideas & mentors.
- Nokia and Google accountant systems being incompatible (i.e. Google
needing to pay to Nokia and not individuals and Nokia not being able to
justify payments to the community afterward)

On Wed, 2007-02-28 at 12:38 +0200, ext Daniel Stone wrote:
> Mentoring takes a lot more time than you'd think; if you want to get
> somewhere, you really need to be able to put a fair bit of time into
> mentoring, as X.Org discovered last year.

Quim Gil - http://maemo.org

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