Last week, we kicked off the 2020 Hyperledger Summer Mentorship Program. This year we have a cohort of 18 mentees working on a diverse array of projects. As they join the ranks of active contributors to the Hyperledger and open source community, it’s a good moment to look at how this program actively contributes to the open source blockchain ecosystem.
Here are 10 things to know about how this program has grown in size and impact:
- The Hyperledger Summer Mentorship Program is its 4th year.
- With this year’s cohort, 52 mentees have been accepted into the program since its inceptions. Over 700 students have applied.
- More than 70 mentors, including ones from ConsenSys, Oracle, State Street and Wipro and as well as from IEEE, the Linux Foundation and Técnico Lisboa, have designed and managed summer projects.
- Mentees have participated from 20 different countries, namely Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, France, Hungary, Italy, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States.
- They have contributed to 12 of the Hyperledger Projects and Labs.
- Three of our mentees have become mentors.
- 13 mentors have participated two or more years.
- 20 mentees have traveled to present at Hyperledger events.
- Mentees have gone on to get jobs at a range of companies, including effx, DFINITY, Facebook, Provectus, Red Hat, Salesforce, SAP, Wavestone and White Metrix, while others are pursuing advanced studies in computer science. A couple have founded their own startups.
- Hyperledger is committed to growing this program:
“Hyperledger and the whole Linux Foundation are big believers in the value of mentorship in growing community and driving development and adoption of open source innovation,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Hyperledger. “Our goal is to keep expanding our summer mentorship program to help ensure there is a growing and diverse development community with the skills and connections to advance their careers and enterprise blockchain. The demand for open source and blockchain developers will only accelerate from here, and we want to open as many doors as we can, especially for those from underrepresented communities.”