Developing an open source application to support a community mentor network in Portland

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Accepted Session
BOF
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 8:30 – 10:00pm in B202/03

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Since January of this year, a group of independent programmers, community-based organizations, public officials, and software executives and entrepreneurs have been working as part of the PDX11 initiative to identify solutions to make it easier for local software professionals to establish mentoring relationships. This presentation will outline a novel approach to developing a software application to support the local tech community and will invite feedback from attendees to help shape the process moving forward.

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Since January of this year, a group of independent programmers, community-based organizations, public officials, and software executives and entrepreneurs have been working as part of the PDX11 initiative (http://www.pdx11.org) to identify solutions to make it easier for local software professionals to establish mentoring relationships. This presentation will outline a novel approach to developing a software application to support the local tech community and will invite feedback from attendees to help shape the process moving forward. In short, the proposed approach involves an agile method whereby the City/PDC/participating software companies would provide support for a series of code sprints over the course of several months. The goal is to create an open source mentoring application that would be compatible with existing social networking solutions such as Linkedin and Facebook, and would be useful in community and corporate settings.

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