[Sugar-devel] GCI'18 Report

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 10:31:11 EST 2019

Thanks for pulling together this report.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019, 9:38 AM Chihurumnaya Ibiam <
ibiamchihurumnaya at sugarlabs.org wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> This is a report about last year's GCI.
> 674 students participated. Of those, 245 completed at least one task.
> The most popular task completed by students was our beginner task: "Make a
> Pull Request", which was completed by 100 students. 60 students completed
> the "Install the Sugar Environment" task.
> • Briefly what was merged; that is, the work that has become part of
>   the Sugar Labs software.
> We have about 91 PRs that were merged,
> Sugar/Activities = 20
> Sugarizer = 20
> MusicBlocks = 38
> TurtleBlocks = 2
> Sugar Social = 6
> Sugar Website = 5
> • Briefly what remains to be merged; work of value that we should
>   focus on completing ourselves.
> These are the open PRs from gci students
> https://codein.withgoogle.com/dashboard/task-instances/5046504289992704/
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/musicblocks/pull/1626
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/sugar-toolkit-gtk3/pull/401
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/cookie-search-activity/pull/17
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/Bounce/pull/13
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/gmail-activity/pull/28
> https://github.com/sugarlabs/block-party-activity/pull/7
> https://github.com/godiard/help-activity/pull/103
> There are 12 PRs that were not merged in Music Blocks, a handful of which
> are still under review.
> • Briefly what won't be merged; work that we don't see value in merging.
> A lot of the design tasks won't be merged but they'll be used for
> marketing.
> One of the tasks we had was to gather contributors data from the wiki and
> translations, they won't be merged but we're making use of the data for our
> contributors page, and the contributors page still has an open PR
> <https://github.com/sugarlabs/www-sugarlabs/pull/251> being worked on by
> one of the students, although that wasn't a GCI project but it's
> something we need to complete.
> • What funding Google provided,
> We received $2500 midway through the competition.
> We also received $2200 earlier this month for the mentor's trip to Silicon
> valley.
> • What travel we should expect to fund, e.g. a mentor to a summit,
> We should expect to fund about $2200 for a mentor.
> • How our new mentors performed
> Our new mentors did well as they responded to the students in a timely
> manner.
> And sometimes it seemed there were conflicts between the mentors, where
> one would request something from a student and another would request
> something else thereby confusing the student about what to do.
> This is legitimate and why Walter asked that only a select group of
> mentors sign off on tasks to begin with, that request was occasionally
> ignored. Might be something that Google need to add for next time.
> When the competition started, some non coding tasks were accepted although
> they weren't of high quality, but this stopped as we moved further into the
> competition.
> Walter and I in our emails added that tasks of low quality shouldn't be
> accepted as a reminder to the mentors.
> • Your overall impression of this event
> The event was fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.
> • How we might improve next year.
> It may seem like conventional wisdom that some of our mentors lacked
> knowledge about some tasks or weren't contributors to Sugar Labs but every
> mentor had previously contributed to Sugar Labs in one way or another.
> It'll be great if the tasks we want are agreed upon as an org, as this
> gives a definite direction and narrows down the type of tasks we have.
> Although it seems as if we got little if any help from the  community in
> generating task ideas. It was all on the shoulders of just a few of us.
> That needs to improve. And I think we had too many open-ended design tasks
> -- we should pare back that somewhat next year, but not eliminate them.
> (They are required by Google, for one thing.) Maybe structure them such
> that a student can only do 1 or 2 simple design tasks by marking them as
> beginner tasks (although I think that was the case for the most part this
> year too.)
> --
> Ibiam Chihurumnaya
> ibiamchihurumnaya at sugarlabs.org <ibiamchihurumnaya at gmail.com>
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