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Dirk Haun
I help people express and present their ideas. Presentation Coach. Open Source enthusiast.
I help people express and present their ideas. Presentation Coach. Open Source enthusiast.

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"Die Krönung zum Schöpfen"

(es geht um Suppe, nicht Kaffee)

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#TEDxStuttgart returns with a new format: TEDxStuttgartSalon

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Interested in +Google Summer of Code? Great! But please do yourself a favour and read this first.
Advice for Students interested in Google Summer of Code...
This is the time of year when a lot of questions coming to the discuss list are about "How do I get started?"". Here is some step by step advice that should help.

1. Read the entire site; the whole site and the linked materials.
We spend a lot of time making sure all the information you need available there and at the main program site. Remember, a big part of open source is self-reliance. We expect you to look for answers before you come to us for help.

2. From there go to the main program site: Read the timeline and the instructions. This will tell you when the student application period opens and when it closes so you know how much time you have to prepare.

3. Now think about you. What computer science subject area or specific issue or problem interests you? What are your skills? What languages do you know? What tools are you familiar with? Make a list.

4. It's time to look through the mentoring orgs on the program site, using tags and your list to narrow down what can be an intimidating list. Pick 3-5 orgs to research in depth.

5. Visit their site and repos. Look at the code. Review the mailing lists and IRC logs to see if you're comfortable with the style of the communication each community uses. Think about what you see versus what you want to work on.

6. Narrow your list down to 1 or 2 orgs and get involved with the Org. File a bug. Better yet, file a patch. Orgs want to see that you are genuinely interested in them.

7. Write your application, one or two at most. This isn't a lottery. Doing a bunch of weak applications hurts your chances of being accepted.

8. Make sure your application includes the specific information and format the org asks for as well as what is required by the GSoC app. Double check your work before submitting the application: misspelling in writing has a similar result as does misspelling in code :-)

9. Lastly - but importantly - DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY. Every year we get students asking for extensions to the application deadline. We do not give extensions, even if your internet is down, you were in exams, your computer was stolen, the Internet Cafe was unexpectedly closed, you misunderstood the timezone, you were on a plane, or in the hospital, or a riot or a remote place tagging endangered species*. We can't give exceptions so please apply at least one day before the deadline, if not more.

Plus, the longer the org has to review your application the better the chances of acceptance for you.

I hope this helps! Good luck!


*Actual examples of reasons given.

Cat Allman

Open Source Programs Office

"Real science studies and makes accessible that knowledge which people at
that period of history think important, and real art transfers this truth
from the domain of knowledge to the domain of feelings. " Leo Tolstoy

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In einer Woche: Mein Pitch-Workshop "Pitchen ist wie Präsentieren. Nur krasser." in Pforzheim. Jetzt noch kostenlos anmelden.

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Do you represent a free or open source software organization? Apply to participate in Google Summer of Code 2017.

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Just a quick overview of my upcoming public presentation courses.

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Die Verlegerlobby hat sich bei der Bundesregierung ein europarechtswidriges Gesetz gekauft, daß keinen längerfristigen Bestand haben kann. Aber eventuell überbrückt es die Zeit bis zur Definition einer weiteren Abgabe.

Also, es wird ganz offen und ohne Scham eine offensichtlich rechtswidrige Regelung verabschiedet: » Politiker der Regierungsparteien wischten die Unvereinbarkeit mit Europarecht mit Hinweisen darauf beiseite, dass es sich nur um eine "Übergangslösung" handle, bis man die EU-Urheberrechtslinie entsprechend geändert habe. Dabei geht man anscheinend davon aus, dass Politiker aus anderen EU-Mitgliedsländern so entscheiden, wie Berlin das wünscht.

Wie das Verwertungsgesellschaften-Watchblog VG Info anmerkt, muss diese Argumentation nicht unbedingt Juristen überzeugen, weil die Regelung "nur gut genug [sein muss], um der VG WORT einen Vorwand zu liefern, ihre jetzige illegale Praxis beizubehalten." "Es müsste", so VG Info, nämlich "erst wieder jemand dagegen klagen - und bis dahin dürfte eine europäische Neuregelung in Kraft sein."«

So etwas hat natürlich anderweitige Systemkosten.

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Patrons can already read my new article "Overcoming the Language Barrier with Passion" on +Patreon. The rest of you will have to wait until next week :)

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I had trouble logging into iTunes Connect for a while. Now that that's been resolved, I made sure my ebooks are available in the iBooks Store again (in case you prefer it over the other ebook stores).
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