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News  25, May 2012

Friday Hacks: Information session on Google Summer of Code and the Hackerspace.sg community

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Information sharing about the Hackerspace.sg community to the Google Summer of Code program, NUS Hackers helps student developers get the latest scoop on what is cool in the geek sphere.

This post is a first hand account from NUS Hackers on their weekly Friday Hacks, an IDA supported event to promote student developers throughout the tech startup community.

On the 23rd of March, we had a Friday Hacks that was amongst the most highly attended of the semester. The two talks was originally to be Ben Scherrey, on Agile Software Development Practices, and a Google Summer of Code (GSoC) information session by three NUS students (and GSoC seniors) Tay Ray Chuan, Mohit Singh Kanwal and TK. Unfortunately Ben had to pull out due to a last minute emergency, and so Alvin Jiang stepped in to give a short talk on Hackerspace.sg instead.

Alvin, who is one of the key community members at Hackerspace.sg, talked about the community, the projects, and the events to be had at Singapore’s hackerspace. He urged NUS Hackers members to drop by and meet the people who hang out regularly at the space, many of which are professional developers with years of experience in the industry.

Alvin Jian from Hackerspace.sg at Friday Hacks sharing session. Photo: NUS Hackers

Then, Ray Chuan, Mohit and TK gave three presentations each on the GSoC projects they worked on last summer, covering such topics as expected skill set, project picking, coding timelines and proposal writing tips. Over 70 students attended this Friday Hacks session, many of them expressing interest in the GSoC program.

Last year, NUS was the Top 6 university in terms of participants in the Google Summer of Code program. We decided to hold this session because we are supportive of GSoC, a program that encourages students to engage in and develop for a large open source project. We think that more NUS students contributing to open source, the better.

This was an IDA supported event, and all food and beverages were provided for with their kind support.

NUS Hackers is a student-run organisation in the NUS dedicated in the spreading of the hacker culture and free/open-source software. To find out more who they are, what they do, head to their web page at http://nushackers.org.

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