Rensselaer Center for Open Source
Spring 2018 Coordinators
Spring 2018 Mentors
- Adeet Phanse
- Adrian Collado
- Alexander Schwarzberg
- Andy Wu
- Ayushi Mishra
- Benjamin Wolf
- Christine Tang
- Colin Atkinson
- Jacob Lane
- Jonathan Caicedo
- Jonathan Patsenker
- Kathleen Burkhardt
- Mark Robinson
- Matthew Mawby
- Mike Adams
- Richi Young
- Samad Farooqui
- Sidney Kochman
- Theo Rice
- Varun Rao
- Yuze Ma
- Zachary Wimer
What is RCOS?
RCOS is a creative, intellectual and entrepreneurial outlet for students to use the latest open-source software platforms to develop applications that solve societal problems.
(that's our mission statement)
RCOS is also a venue for open learning and student teaching, as well as exploring the world of open source.
RCOS is anarchy
(but for real)
What does RCOS do for you
- Unique open-ended learning experience
- Gain valuable resume boosters
- Huge community of skilled open source developers
- Opportunity to work on awesome projects
- Credit (0-4)
Structure : Members
Coordinators/Mentors(Internal and External)
Structure : Members
Every member gets a mentor
Ask your mentor first
You can always change mentors
Structure : Meetings
Small Group on Tuesday
Large Group on Friday
Casual Coding Sessions on Wednesday
Bonus Sessions (Workshops) on a rolling basis
- Lead by a small group of mentors
- Typically about 20 people to a small group
- Attendance is taken (2 absences are excused)
- Mentor freedom!
- Lead by coordinators
- Guest speakers!
- Attendance is taken (2 absencse are allowed)
- One large group presentation per team
- New this semester: Lightning talks!
Casual Coding Sessions
- Open to all! (not just members)
- Come and work on whatever you want!
- (not just for coding!)
- (Every Wednesday at 4PM)
- Bring your friends!
- Can take the place of a large group attendance
- Scheduled on a rolling basis
- (will be on the calendar)
- More focused workshops, talks on a specific topic
- Mostly student run, some external presenters
- Anyone can host one! Just ask us and we'll add it to the calendar!
RCOS's homebrew project management system
RCOS's primary communication medium
0-credit SIS course
(CRN: 53081 CSCI 4963-01)
To reserve our rooms and get a roster
Finding a team (optional)
- Pitch Day
- Post on Slack
- Talk to your mentor
- Project Speed Dating
- Mentors (Both internal and external)
- Faculty Members
How to be successful (and get an A!)
Below are guidelines
Collaborate more with other organizations
We will be working directly with MOSSN!
Offer alternative ways to learn and get involved
Not just coding and projects
Strengthen and expand our community
Get more contributions to external projects (projects created outside RCOS)
Have more student talks and bonus sessions!
Increase longevity of RCOS projects
What happens next?
Project pitches next Friday!
Message @aeksco on slack with your slides by 11pm on Monday (Jan. 22)
You MUST message Alex with slides!
Slides MUST be in JPEG format! (Please NO PDF, PPT/X, or Google links!)
Friday (Jan. 26) - Project speed dating! Find a project!
DO NOT wait until speed dating to look for a project! Please reach out to at least one prior
Tuesday (Jan. 30) - Proposal and URPs due!
Office Hours! Tomorrow (Wednesday the 17th), Wednesday the 24th. Get help finding projects, working on pitches and proposals!
What do you do now?
- Get on rcos.io, Slack and GitHub
- Sign up on SIS (CRN 53081 CSCI-4963-01)
- Find a project
- Email slides
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Let's have a great semester!!