How We Mentor “Rock Star” Students at the OSUOSL

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Proposal
Short Form
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Excerpt

Over the past ten years the OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) has provided an amazing program for undergraduate students. Many of our students have moved on and created their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. This session will cover how we mentor our students and create rock stars in the industry.

Description

Over the past ten years the OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) has provided an amazing program for undergraduate students. Many of our students have moved on and created their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. This session will cover how we mentor our students and create rock stars in the industry.

When our students start they barely know what they want to do with their careers and have maybe run Linux for six months if we’re luck. Within six months they have a basic understand of our infrastructure and programming projects. By the time they graduate within two to three years they are at least one to two years ahead of any other grad with all their hands-on knowledge.

I will cover everything from how we recruit, structure our interview, to how we do the mentoring and some history of how we’ve changed our mentoring over the years. I will also cover several unique aspects of how and why it works so well at OSU with the hope that other organizations can do the same thing.

Speaking experience

I have spoken at numerous conferences including OSB.

Speakers