[Sur] [IAEP] Sugar Digest 2017-09-12

Martin Abente Lahaye tch en sugarlabs.org
Mar Sep 12 16:15:44 EDT 2017

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Walter Bender <walter.bender en gmail.com>

> It has been a long time since I last wrote a Sugar Labs community new
> blog. I got tied up with my day jobs: starting a new design college from
> scratch and launching a new research center at MIT. (And, frankly, I was a
> bit depressed following the deaths of Marvin Minsky and Seymour Papert.) I
> have a breather on both fronts and given all of the Sugar activity of late,
> I am inspired to do some writing.
> 1. A footnote from Google Code-in 2015. Ezequiel Pereira, one of the
> grand-prize recipients from Sugar Labs was recently acknowledged by Google
> for discovering a security bug. He got some nice press, e.g., [1, 2]. In
> one article [3], he was quoted as saying: "Homework is boring. Looking for
> bugs is fun.” Ezequiel is one of a generation of children in Uruguay who
> grew up with Sugar. It is nice to hear the occasional word about their
> accomplishments.
> 2. We just wrapped up Google Code-in and Outreachy 2017. We had 9 interns
> supported by Google and 1 Outreachy intern. You can read about their
> accomplishments in their blogs [4] and in the meeting logs [5] (every
> Monday from May through August). Highlights from the summer include a new,
> easy-to-maintain activity portal and a new www.sugarlabs.org, both going
> live soon. Also of note: a new Sugar image for Raspberry Pi, some new apps,
> GTK3 ports, a Sugarizer dashboard, and a major overhaul of Music Blocks.
> Tip of the hat to our mentors: Abhijit Patel, Cristina Del Puerto, Devin
> Ulibarri, Hrishi Patel, Ignacio Rodriguez, José Argüello, Lionel Laské,
> Matias Baez, Michaël Ohayon, Samson Goddy, Samuel Cantero, and Tony
> Anderson. Lionel help me adminsister the program again this year. It is
> nice to note that many of the mentors are fomer GCI participants.
> Cristina, Michaël, and Samson will be representing Sugar Labs at the
> annual mentor summit at Google in October. (For those of you who have been
> following the saga of Samson's visa, I am happy to say that he was
> approved!)
:claps: :claps: :claps:

> 3. I was invited to represent Sugar Labs at the Plan Ceibal 10th
> anniversary in Montevideo a few months ago. It was great to see children
> still using Sugar 10  years after the first deployment in a small school in
> the Florida Department. It was also an opportunity to catch up with many
> old friends and Sugar contributors, including Ignacio, Andres, Alan, Jose
> Miguel, Guzman, etc. I am not sure if my talk is on line, but I wrote a
> paper based on the talk which is available for download [6].
> 4. Lionel just announced a new release of Sugarizer (v0.9). See [7] for
> all of the details.
> 5. James Cameron is working towards the release of Sugar 0.111, our first
> new release in nearly one year. It is mostly planned as a maintenance
> release.
> 6. There are only a few more days left (15 Sept.) to register as a
> candidate for the Sugar Labs oversight board. Please consider joining the
> board as we need some fresh voices and perspectives. See [8] for details.
> You also have until 27 Sept. to register as a member in order to be given a
> vote in the election. See [9] for details.
> 7. One of the first decisions the new board will be making is whether or
> not Sugar Labs should apply for GCI 2017. I am hopeful that the board will
> see the merits of the program and give a green light to apply again this
> year. If we do apply, I will be looking for mentors, project ideas, and a
> co-administrator. Please contact me if you are interested.
> regards.
> ----
> [1] https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/08/10/highschool-
> security-research-google-data/#.tnw_5BETRGWT
> [2] https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/10/schoolboy_google_
> bug_bounty_http_host/
> [3] http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/google-awards-
> uruguay-high-school-student-10k-finding/story?id=49249604
> [4] https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code
> [5] http://meeting.sugarlabs.org/sugar-meeting/meetings
> [6] http://www.um.es/ead/red/54/bender.pdf
> [7] http://sugarizer.org
> [8] https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board/2017-2019-candidates
> [9] https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Members
> --
> Walter Bender
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