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Mentor Information
Want to help the next generation of contributors grow? Want to bring new contributors to Fedora? Want to advance your projects along their roadmap? GSoC can be a chance to do all of this.
If you are contacted directly by a student, we encourage you to reply and include the mailing list and/or IRC channel to keep the process transparent and to ensure the inquiry is able to be answered by more people than just you.
How to Propose a Project
If you want to mentor a specific project, think carefully about several things:
Do you have enough time to work on this with the student during the entire project. You will be helping someone else when they get stuck. You don't want to become a blocker because you're busy.
It is harder to find success when you are completely certain of how an idea needs to be implemented; finding a student with the skills and interest to implement a specific solution is a lot harder than finding a student with enough skills to respond to a use case need. Also, students learn more when they help design and guide the project. In other words, provide guidance and direction but let the student do some of the "driving."
Where you can have looser ideas, you may be able to find a student who works as a sort-of intern who can implement a solution to a use case you have. In past experiences, students going after a use case are more likely to get somewhere with self-direction and support from you.
Who can help you? Try to find a second mentor for the project.
If you're interested in working with a student on a specific project you should post your idea to the https://pagure.io/mentored-projects/issues[Mentored Projects Issue Tracker]. Your issue should be tagged *GSoC* and use the *Google Summer of Code* template. We strongly encourage you to find a second person to help with mentoring and to solicit feedback on your proposal
Can I be a Mentor Without a Project?
Yes! You can either:
Work with a student who brings an idea to your sub-project. This requires a different level of communication throughout the project, but can be the most rewarding.
Be a general mentor. This is a person who works with all students regardless of their project. To become a general mentor please open an issue in the https://pagure.io/mentored-projects/issues[Mentored Projects Issue Tracker] offering your help. Please tag the issue with the *GSoC* tag.
How to work with students
Read about good mentoring in the link:http://write.flossmanuals.net/gsoc-mentoring/what-makes-a-good-mentor[Manual on Mentoring]
Mentor responsibilities
You are an essential part of the student's success, the project's success, and the success for the Fedora Project.
Being an interface for an identified sub-project or SIG in Fedora.
Helping students communicate with the overall project and any upstream.