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Subject: Re: [boost] [Boost-users] [gsoc] Change in Google Summer of Code admin
From: Jon Kalb (jonkalb_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-09-07 17:07:59


Thank you very much for taking on this role. I know that it demands more time and effort than people realize and you executed well.

As for Boost Summer of Code… we’ll let’s just put that down as “an adventure.” Thanks for your leadership there in an unpreceded situation and making that a success.


Welcome to your new role. Andrew, Boris, and Niall have given us high expectations and I look forward to working with you.


On 2017-09-07, 9:22 AM, "Boost-users on behalf of Niall Douglas via Boost-users" <boost-users-bounces_at_[hidden] on behalf of boost-users_at_[hidden]> wrote:

    Dear all,
    Google Summer of Code 2017 has ended with another successful summer of
    student coding with probably the highest calibre year we've ever seen.
    After four years as lead admin for Boost Summer of Code, my time has
    come to an end. I'll be making way for David Bellot, long time mentor at
    Boost GSoC and maintainer of Boost.uBLAS. Please join me in welcoming
    David as new lead admin. I'll be staying on as backup admin next summer
    to help David settle in.
    My time as Boost Summer of Code admin has certainly been eventful with
    lots of surprises, ups and downs. The fact these surprises did not turn
    into crises is due in large part to a few people in particular who went
    far beyond the call of duty:
    * Jon Kalb, who went to bat for the students repeatedly in multiple
    venues and finding tens of thousands of dollars when it was needed.
    * Boris Schäling, whom I replaced as lead admin and who acted as backup
    admin for some years, who also managed to arrange tens of thousands of
    dollars of sponsorship when it was needed most.
    * Bryce Adelstein Lelbach, for acting as backup admin these past few years.
    * Andrew Sutton, the lead GSoC admin before Boris, who gave such
    detailed and useful early advice and materials on how to best navigate
    the treacherous waters of Google Summer of Code!
    And finally to all the mentors who so generously volunteered their time,
    and to the students every single one of whom successfully finished their
    projects in my time as admin despite problems with sickness, deaths in
    close family etc. Some of those students have gone on to become
    mainstays of the C++ conference circuit, famous names in their own
    right. I'm sure they would have been so without Google Summer of Code,
    but I'd like to think that it helped bring them to Boost rather than
    them getting into C++ via elsewhere. Thank you students!
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