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Open source mentoring scheme to select talented developers

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on May 31, 2013

International Centre for Free and Open Source Software here has launched a joint mentoring programme with the Apache Software Foundation, a leading producer of free and open source software.

The programme seeks to identify talented software developers from the State who would be mentored to participate in live projects of the foundation.

TARGET AUDIENCE

In the open source software, source code is made available and licensed in such a manner that copyright holder provides rights to study, change and distribute software free to anyone and for any purpose.

Targeted at young developers with demonstrable programming skills, including students and fresh graduates, the mentoring programme will start off with a three-day ‘bootcamp’ from June 17-19.

Luciano Resende, vice-president, community development at Apache Software Foundation, will spearhead the programme.

Basic and intermediate concepts in open source software development will be introduced here.

At the end, participants will identify a project of their interest and piloted by the foundation, and produce a software project proposal which will be short-listed for mentoring by it.

PROJECT PROPOSAL

During the 3-month project implementation phase, participants will interact with foundation volunteers who will help them and bring them up to speed in areas where they require support.

The foundation has been participating in several mentoring initiatives around the world, and for the first time in India, is partnering in a pilot project here, said Luciano Resende.

The programme aims at mentoring of undergraduate students and graduates eager to know more about open source communities and how to do work with them, he added.

The mentoring programme will train developers with existing skills to make valuable contributions to open source projects at Apache, said Satish Babu, director of the international centre here.

Mentors will provide enough information and real-life support for participants to progress with the project.

GLOBAL TEAMS

The larger objective is to create a group of developers in the State capable of being able to jell well with global teams.

“We expect this group to further interact with students and other developers locally, and handhold them to higher level of competency in course of time,” Babu said.

“In the long run, this will take us closer towards our vision of making the State a prominent global destination for free and open source software-based development work”, he added.

The mentoring programme is part of the capacity building of the developer community as part of pre-incubation services. More details are available at http://icfoss.org/mentor.html.

vinson.kurian@thehindu.co.in

Published on May 31, 2013

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