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Hack Week, Hour of Code start this week

December 7th, 2015 by

Today is the beginning of two week-long events that are both exciting and serve a great purpose.

This week the Hour of Code begins and the lessons of teaching students to write code is a novel idea. Using Star Wars and the soccer ball looking droid BB-8, students are learning the basics of code worldwide. Touché to the technical staff of Star Wars for providing lessons for this good cause.

Students aren’t the only ones this week who are having fun and doing experimental coding.We’re doing a Hack Week this week and there are plenty of projects people can contribute to on the Hack Week website. Maybe students who breeze through their Hour of Code lessons would be interested in learning a few of openSUSE’s Hack Week projects.

One of the projects is learning ruby with betaman submitted by gameboy974. vitezslav_cizek’s project is to unlock locked devices. bamvor’s project is using two ARM 64bit boards and a sensor kit for his project on openSUSE with Linaro 96 board.

One project is even doing some KDE bugzilla cleanup.

Coding is important, but so is documentation. One Hack Week project is also dedicated to reinforcing this point. There are a list of pages on a Mozilla etherpad for the openSUSE wiki that need to be refreshed and refined.

Join us this week for some hacking and use the Hack Week website and IRC for communicating.

Hour of Code reinforces need for project mentors

December 8th, 2014 by

Administrators, mentors needed for Google Summer of Code

In the words of will.i.am, “great coders are today’s rock stars,” but unfortunately there are not enough of these rock stars in the world to fulfill the demand.

Since this week is the Hour of Code, it’s a good time emphasize the need for the Open Source Software community to participate in outreach programs.

Besides doing what you can to participate in this weeks Hour of Code, its important to point out the need to have administrators and mentors from openSUSE’s community for the annual Google Summer of Code.

Google Summer of Code, which openSUSE has participatied in for several years, offers post-secondary student developers a stipends to write code for various open source software projects. Students are matched with a mentoring organization like openSUSE and given projects to work on over a three-month period. Last year there were 1,300 students with 190 mentoring organizations that took part in the program. Administrators get the process started and mentors help future developers understand real-world software development scenarios.

Administrators start the GSOC process and submit proposals for the mentoring organization by filling out some forms. Administrators submit the application to Google between Feb. 9 and Feb. 20. Project ideas are discussed with potential mentoring organization and mentors are paired with students in the spring.

To participate in this project, visit our GSOC portal or learn more at GSOC.

Learn more about the Hour of Code campaign.