Things To Do
Here is a list of things that we would like you to do during the program:
Post brief status updates on your team log daily.
Write up at least one, maybe two blog posts for the Rails Girls Summer of Code blog throughout the program. You can write whatever post you like, include creative ideas, … as long as it’s related to your amazing work on your project :)
Visit your local developers user groups, hackdays, community events, etc. so you get to connect with your local community.
Give at least one lightning talk at a conference, local user group, Rails Girls (or similar) workshop.
Focus on your work.
Use all the support channels and ask all the questions that you have!
Have fun :)
If you are working with a pair (and most of you do) then all of these things refer to you as a pair, too. I.e. you don’t have to post individual status updates to your log. You can give a lightning talk together with your pair, and it’s probably more fun to visit a user group together.
Visit community events and conferences
Obviously you should spend the precious work time that you have focussing on your work. But we’d also like you to get in touch with the community vis-a-vis, if possible, so you get a feeling for that vibe, too.
Maybe you schedule visiting evening events like local Ruby user group meetings once a month, and then visit a conference that is close to your place soon after the program.
We recommend to plan for giving at least a brief lightning talk at any such event, too, so you get to share the love and practice speaking in front of bunch of people :)
Don’t feel too scared about presenting your work and experience at such events! Of course everyone is (seriously, even experienced, seasoned speakers are).
But on the other hand everyone in the community also loves what you are doing (you can see how this program is being received by looking at the success of our campaign). And people will love it, hold you in high respect and give their support if you pluck up your courage to tell them about your experience (even if just briefly).
If you find a conference that you’d like to visit, then please tell us! We might know the organizers (or people who know them) and maybe we can sort out free tickets etc. for you.