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SoC 2007 is ON for OGRE

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:28 pm
by sinbad
Ok, so now we've been approved for the SoC 2007 (yay!), it's time to get everything organised.

Thanks to the mentors who have volunteered - please register yourself at asap. Anyone who hasn't volunteered to be a mentor yet, please step up as soon as you can.

Communication and Backup Mentors / Admin
This year, Google are asking for backup mentors and a backup administrator for the project. This is to deal with absences and unexpected drop-outs. What I'd like to propose for SoC 2007 is that we assign 2 mentors officially to each project, with one being the lead and effectively the only direct mentor should all go well, but that all mentors are effectively in the loop and can offer support and advice should the need arise. I'm going to propose that all project-related non-chat communication happens through this forum this year, rather than mentors / students using email - this way we improve the visibility of the ongoing progress projects to the wider community and also allow all the mentors to keep at least somewhat up to speed with all projects, and can chip in if needed.

I'm in need of a backup admin in case I'm away - any volunteers? Generally once SoC starts properly there's not much non-mentor stuff to do anyway so if I do my job properly being a backup admin shouldn't take any actual time, it's more a fallback.

Project Wiki
I'll set up a new wiki page for the projects as last year, that works well for the fairly static reference materials I think.

Mentor tips
I picked this up from one of the google mailing lists, if you haven't seen it already it's worth a look: ... index.html

Student applications are now in progress and the deadline is March 23rd. We then get a week to rank them since the deadline for the student choices is April 2nd. So it's going to be a busy couple of weeks!

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:47 pm
by xavier
I can help out with admin as a backup.

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:57 pm
by Kencho
Yes, I love the idea of a "fallback council of experts" :) I'm not 100% sure I'll be able to be a full-time backup mentor, but a backup supporter is perfectly fine for me :)

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:48 pm
by CaseyB
I signed up in case you need extras.

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:56 pm
by sinbad
Thanks CaseyB, and thanks Xavier - once I can see your names on the mentor list I'll sort this out.

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:32 pm
by xavier
Do we need to sign up as mentors at the SoC site?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:45 pm
by Praetor
I think most things have become centralized through google this year, at least in the beginning stages. Student and mentor signups need to be done through google and then sinbad gets them trinkled down to him. That's the impression I get.

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:58 pm
by xavier
Registered (they don't make it very simple, do they? :?)

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:14 pm
by Kencho
Not much, but it isn't that annoying after all, does it?
By the way, are you still pending for mentoring approval? I've got that message this morning and don't know if I've done something wrong...

Another question: How many projects have been granted to Ogre this year?

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:59 pm
by sinbad
Google have confirmed that not being able to see new mentor signups is a bug, they'll have to fix it before I can approve you.

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:44 am
by odyeiop
Brownie points to the team that can fix it? :lol:

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:25 am
by sinbad
It's fixed, all mentors are approved now. We've even had our first application although now I get an error when trying to comment on it :roll:

[edit]Ok, the student-visible comments get added anyway even with the server error

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:41 am
by Kencho
There are indeed two applications now! :shock: