Open Source Hackathon Mentorship Invitation

Drew Jensen drewjensen.inbox at
Wed Feb 19 18:13:56 UTC 2020

Hello Misha,

First I would like to thank you for taking the time to reach out to the
community here.

The work you are doing seems quite exciting and certainly appears to fit
well with the goals of The Document Foundation.

I suspect the biggest hurdle at the moment is time, or lack thereof, with
regards to this years HackIllinios event.

What I would like to propose is to set about working towards having a
mentor at the 2021 event, giving time to both recruit a developer and to
look at what coding projects would fit well with both your students and the
LibreOffice code base.

On the subject of coding projects I noted in reviewing the previous work
done at the HackIllinios events there seems to be strong use of Python for
projects. LibreOffice is predominantly written in C++ but also supports the
ability to integrate extensions to the application using python as the
development language and perhaps that is something which could fit well

Of course someone may yet jump in here regarding this years event, but
should that not happen, what I would like to do is to add your event to the
community calendar so that next year the effort on our side can begin

Best wishes for the success of this years event.


On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 1:43 PM Misha Patel <misha.patel at>

> Hello,
> My name is Misha Patel and I’m reaching out on behalf of the HackIllinois
> Outreach team. HackIllinois is a 36-hour collegiate Open Source hackathon
> that takes place annually at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
> This year, it will be from February 28th-March 1st, 2020. Our mission is to
> introduce college students to Open Source, while giving back to the
> community. We strive to create a collaborative environment in which our
> attendees can learn from and work with developers to make their own
> contributions. In past years, we’ve had developers from prominent projects
> such as npm, Rust, and Apache come to mentor students from our pool of 900+
> attendees.
> We’d love it if you could pass along this message to the LibreOffice
> community or any individuals you believe would be interested. We will
> provide meals throughout the event and can reimburse for travel and lodging
> up to a certain amount depending on where in the US people are coming from.
> More information on mentorship can be found at
> You can also visit to see what kinds of
> projects were represented at our event last year.
> We'd be more than happy to discuss this further. Please have any
> interested individuals contact us at opensource at Looking
> forward to hearing back!
> Best,
> Misha Patel
> HackIllinois 2020 Outreach Director
> misha.patel at
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