Of the 1,318 students who got accepted into Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017, only one was from Nigeria.
569 were from India, 126 from USA, 55 from Germany, 54 from Sri Lanka and 49 from China.
A quick survey suggested low awareness, and a poor understanding of the application requirements, as some of the reasons for the low acceptance level from Nigeria.
So ahead of Google Summer of Code 2018, Netopps and the Rivers State Government of Nigeria, through its Ministry of Youth Development, partnered with GSoC mentor, Samson Goddy of SugarLabs, to organise a GSoC boot camp in Port Harcourt.
The focus was to prepare aspiring students for the Google Summer of Code 2018 application, which opens on March 12.
238 students turned up for the event on February 3, at the Rivers State University Amphitheater.
Walter Benders (Founder, SugarLabs) and Joshua Simmons (Program Manager, Open Source, Google) spoke remotely at the bootcamp. The local speakers were, Samson Goddy (GSoC mentor SugarLabs board), Ibiam Chihurumnanya (GSoC mentor and Sugar Labs member), Kachi Awaji, Peace Perrie Ojemeh, Ada Nduka Oyom, and Gino Osahon.
The event was flagged off with a welcome speech by CEO of Netopps (Convener of the monthly Startup Sunday and annual Startup Port Harcourt Week), Bereni D Fiberesima and then goodwill messages from representatives of the Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development and Rivers State University Advancements and Linkages Center.
Awaji Kachi, kicked off the workshop series with a lecture on web development; Peace Perrie Ojemeh spoke on Building a better design (UI/UX), Samson Goddy on How To Contribute to Open Source projects, Ada Nduka Oyom, on Introduction to Python 3, Ibiam Chihurumnanya on Introduction to Linux and Github and Gino Osahon speaking on Importance of Android development.
This bootcamp has sure created an awareness on the GSoC program, as 61% of registered applicants had never heard about the program before now. Feedback from participants showed that they were more confident and better prepared to apply for GSoC as they had learned about ways to engage with other participating organizations and how to put in a winning application.
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