[LGM] Outcome/Finances / Re: Call for GSoC students at LGM Leipzig 2014

Mario Behling mb at mariobehling.de
Fri Apr 4 01:11:52 PDT 2014

Dear all,

I would like to follow up on the GSoC student funding for LGM. We had
two students who managed to join LGM - Fedor Morozov (OpenCV) and
Sarup Banskota (GlitterGallery). Unfortunately many students could not
come for some reasons and others had to cancel. Therefore we did not
use the full funding of 4000 USD for 8 GSoC students. We also see that
some Libre Graphics projects have very few student applications for
GSoC or did not get accepted for GSoC.

We had a workshop with former GSoC students and mentors at LGM
yesterday and discussed reasons for this and ideas for the future. If
you are interested in the outcome, please talk to some of the
participants (e.g. Susan, Tavmjong, Fedor, Sarup etc.).

Fedor also agreed to help spread the word and talk to his friends and
community in Russia to come to future LGMs. He will also be a
core-contact for the community and Google to bring GSoC students to
future to LGM.

Regarding the financial transactions, I have not received the funding
from Google yet, but I have a PO (and I have paid the students
upfront). As I wrote before LGM, we should only get the money for
actual students participating and should return any left-over money
(as this was the funding purpose). If there are any changes to this
e.g. from Google's side, the money will of course go to the community.

I have all the invoices of the students, PO of Google and transaction
documents, which I will hand to the financial team for transparency
and archiving until Saturday evening (April 5). If anyone has
questions, this is your best point of contact then.

Thank you,


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Mario Behling <mb at mariobehling.de> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I would like to remind you, that we have the chance to bring former
> GSoC students to LGM this year. (GSoC of 2014 has not started yet, so
> former years are fine.)
> Please ask students of graphics related projects to sign up here: goo.gl/NgKei4
> Carol from Google agreed to put up 4000 USD  (500USD per student for
> up to 8 students; mentors cannot be funded unfortunately). In order to
> fully utilize the funding, we should get 8 students who could come.
> We have 3 sign ups at the moment. One person comes from India and
> requires over 1000 USD for the flight. Carol agreed that we can
> distribute the funding freely among the students though. So, if we get
> a student from Germany for example, who does not need so much funding,
> we could use the remaining money for another student who needs more,
> because he/she comes from further away.
> There is no specific deadline, but the earlier we have enough
> students, the better. So, we can confirm them. If we should get too
> many students, we will find a pragmatic solution with the LGM content
> team and involved projects.
> Payments of the funding will be done by bank transfer or cash by me. I
> will take care of the dealings with Google. Students have to buy the
> flights beforehand by themselves and get reimbursed afterwards.
> At the moment, it does not look like we get too many students, in fact
> quite a few students have written to me already that they
> unfortunately cannot make it as they do not have time, because of
> university etc.
> So, please ask your students to come to LGM and get the support
> funding of Google.
> All the best,
> Mario

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