[IAEP] Sugar Digest 2012-11-16

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 12:02:43 EST 2012

== Sugar Digest ==

1. Sugar Labs has been selected as one of ten projects to participate
in Google Code In [1]. We join, among others, our colleagues at Fedora
et al., in soliciting the participation of high-school (and in our
case, middle-school) students to work on projects during a six-week
sprint beginning on November 26. This is a great chance for the youth
who have been so instrumental in our growth over the past year to show
off their talents to the world (and two of them will hopefully win a
trip to visit Google). Please help Chris Leonard and me finalize the
project and mentor lists over the next few days. (We are offering
coding projects, documentation and training projects, outreach,
quality assurance, and user interface, so even if you are not a
developer, you likely have some skills to devote to the Code In.

NOTE TO MENTORS: Please create an account on [1] and fill out the
Request to be a Mentor form.

NOTE TO COMMUNITY: Please add to our task lists [2] and please recruit

2. I am in transit back to Boston from a 3-day trip to Chihuahua,
Mexico. I gave a lecture on Sugar at Campuslink 2.0, the annual tech
conference at UACH. I had a lot of fun with the faculty and students
and even managed to squeeze in a short tutorial on hacking Sugar on my
way to the airport this morning. I am looking forward to growing
participation in the Sugar community. (Note to CJL: they are very
interested in providing Rarámuri language support for Sugar.)

3. Sugar Labs is holding its annual election to the oversight board
early next month. In anticipation of the election, I urge you to sign
up for membership in the Sugar community. You need not be a software
developer to join: contributions come in many forms, including:
teaching, documenting, promoting, supporting, etc. (Note: there is no
membership fee.) So, if you are not already a member, please sign up
at [3] before 23 November.

"If you're wondering whether you meet the requirements, if you're a
teacher using Sugar in your classroom, regularly reading mailing
lists, or have discussed Sugar in IRC, you probably do."

If you are interested in running for one of the open board seats, open
to any community member, please feel free to contact me or the
membership committee with any questions before 7 December.

4. Irma Alvarez has completed Fructose (and Dextrose) translations of
Sugar into Quechua. Next up: the Honey strings.

=== In the community ===

5. The python-joven (Python youth) community has been busy. A number
of Sugar and GNOME-related workshops were given last week:

* Introduction to Gtk 3 (Ignacio Rodriguez and Flavio Danesse)
* Game Development on glucose (Ezekiel Pereira)
* My text editor for GNOME (on gtk 2) (Cristian Garcia)
* Sugar (Zubiaga Augustine and Naughty Cristofer)
* Playing with python on my phone (Zubiaga Augustine and Naughty Cristofer)
* A media player on Gstreamer 1.0 (Flavio Danesse)
* A Client Server program (Flavio Danesse)

6. Worth a read: a blog from a new Sugar community member [4]

=== Tech Talk ===

7. The latest Butia project by Nicolas Furquez and Rafael Sisto is
pretty cool: [5].

=== Sugar Labs ===

Visit our planet [6] for more updates about Sugar and Sugar deployments.


[1] http://www.google-melange.com/gci/homepage/google/gci2012
[2] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Google_Code-In_2012
[3] http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Members#Applying_for_membership
[4] http://jutanclan.blogspot.com/2012/11/one-laptop-per-child-here-we-go.html?spref=fb
[5] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF9ZhQYIwVg&feature=relmfu
[6] http://planet.sugarlabs.org

Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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