52 were registered in the previuos days and I started to look for a lab with 50 Linux manchines which was actually very challenging. Then, we decided to just have two classrooms and take a written exam where we could see the skill level growth related to programming on Linux. Only 17 showed up ((maybe the Peruvian soccer match from last night that determined if we would go to the World Cup was the reason why it was so hard for them to wake up early).
However, there are interested students that might not have the same skills as intermediate or advanced level in programming on Linux. That is why we consider it important to have a general view of the new group throughout the exam, so they can compare their academic achievements at the end of the instructional period.
This is the first step to make our students more confident to apply next April 2018 to the GSoC program. Our main objetive in this phase is to build a good GITHub profile with blogs and content related to programming on Linux.
Thanks to the support of the Linux Foundation, we are going be to supported with $500 in course for each participant who finishes this program successfully. The only way to prove this is by documentation (Git / blog) of each session. Glad to have more women involved.
Tomorrow our sessions are going to start at UIGV. We have authorization from 10 am to 4pm, I am going to use two hours to ensure they accomplish their documentation until 6pm.
The list of the participants who pass is only a reference, we are going to help them with food expenses. But we are not restricting any student who wants to learn with us. So anyone can join us, and the pacing will be basically according to the level of the first top 12 students. Also, a constantly evaluation every session will let us decide who is going to receive the sweatshirts from the Linux Foundation.