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Meritocracy in Action.


Submitting ideas to the mentoring programme

All ASF projects are invited to submit their ideas for consideration in the ASF mentoring programme. Any Apache member and experienced committers can submit ideas via JIRA (if your project does not use JIRA you can use the Comdev Issue Tracker For GSoC Tasks. We are looking for as many interesting projects as we can come up with.

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To ensure you JIRA issues are included in our list of mentored projects please add the label "mentor" to the issue. If you want it to be included in the Google Summer of Code lists also add the "gsoc" label. If you want to include a number of issues in a single mentored project please create a parent issue, label that one appropriately and add the other issues as sub-tasks, do not label each individual sub task as they will appear as separate tasks.

If a mentor has been identified then please assign the issue to that mentor.

ASF Members and committers can volunteer to mentor or co-mentor proposals. When in doubt about all this, contact code-awards@apache.org.

For more information about what it means to be a mentor and on how to write a proposal see:

Note that interest, even by a qualified student, does not mean that any of those project will automatically go ahead. Depending on the number of projects; the number of people able to mentor and the timing we will probably have to make a smaller selection.

Publicising your mentored issues

You can link to the ASF wide list of issues or you can create your own lists and feeds within your own website.

Since your mentored issues are recorded alongside your normal issues you can create and use filters to help people find them. You can provide RSS feeds, JSON exports and many more goodies for helping to get the message out.

If you have any cool ideas for using this data please let us know so we can share them with other projects (mail dev@community.apache.org)

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Staying in touch

All mentors must subscribe to code-awards@apache.org, our list for coordinating mentor activities.

Subscriptions to code-awards will only be accepted from addresses known to belong to ASF committers, so please use your @apache.org address to subscribe if possible, or at least an address that can be matched to your @apache.org address via the ASF's private/committers/info or private/committers/MailAlias.txt data.

If you are interested in the mentor programme administration please also subscribe to dev@community.apache.org.

If you are planning on mentoring as part of the GSoC programme you also need to register with Google, see our GSoC page for more information.

How much effort is involved with being a mentor

Most mentors spend between 3 and 5 hours per week with their students. Most of this time is spent encouraging them.

Within the ASF we like to think that the whole project community will help the student just as they would with any other community member. If your project is supportive in this way then you may be able to get away with less time. However, as mentor you are responsible for evaluating the student and helping them deliver on their commitments.

The GSoC Mentoring Guide has plenty of useful materials for mentors.

A note about eligibility

If your project has any restrictions on who can participate (as is the case with Harmony for example) please be sure to clarify these with potential students as early as possible. It causes unnecessary confusion and dissapointment if a student is awarded a slot but is later found to be ineligible. Don't rely on the fact that the student should have read details on the project web site. You must discuss their eligibility before offering to mentor them. Please also make a note in the webapp stating that you have, as far as possible, confirmed the student is eligble to contribute.