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Mentoring for Fun and Profit

Time:11:30 - 12:15
Day:Thursday 21 January 2010
Location:Main Auditorium (MFC)
Project: Google Summer of Code

For Free and Open Source software projects to successfully evolve, new contributors must be found to assist the core developer team in a variety of tasks, from coding to use support. Some projects are fortunate enough to stumble upon their new contributors, while others are looking to recruit and "grow" their own. Whichever approach a project takes, those who come to a new project will require those who are more experienced to give them sufficient guidance to get invested in the code base and community and, most importantly, to maintain their enthusiasm and desire to continue getting work done over time. In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will explore effective mentoring practices, including recruiting new contributors, nurturing a community tone that attracts the contributors you actually want, acculturating newbies quickly and delegating effectively when you're used to being the only one(s) who know what's really going on.

Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn is a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, where she’s the Community Manager for the Google Summer of Code program. She also conceived and managed the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, the world’s first global initiative to get pre-university students involved in all aspects of Open Source software development. Leslie serves on the Advisory Board of the GNOME Foundation and the Open Source Business Resource. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Project.

Prior to joining Google, Leslie got her feet wet in Silicon Valley high tech at a small communications semiconductor startup, where she worked in Marketing and Public Relations. She holds a Honors B.A. in English Language and Literature from U.C. Berkeley. Her personal website is or you can find her on (@lh) and Twitter (@lhawthorn).