On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM, Bryce Harrington <bryce@...24...> wrote:
On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 12:36:22PM -0700, Josh Andler wrote:
> Hey All,
> I'm curious if we can do something. This is basically because of my
> current situation of still having a number of health related issues
> I'm dealing, and therefore can't maintain any form of steady work
> right now. Is there a possibility of the project getting a debit or
> credit card through the SFC that if the board votes to approve funding
> something Bradley can make payment arrangements in advance rather than
> it be reimbursement style?
I seem to recall we had enquired once before about this, for a student
that couldn't float air fare, and the response was that they had to have
an invoice before funding for it to be legal within the non-profit
regulations. But may be worth you doublechecking with Brad just in
case. There may be better ways that this type of case can be solved.
Okay, I will email Brad to see if it's a possibility.
> For the record, this is coming from a discussion with Jon Cruz
> night and him nudging me to attend SVG Open in Cambridge, MA this
> year. I have an uncle out there I'd most likely be able to stay with,
> but the airfare would be the issue.
> As an aside, I will also bring up that we're trying to determine the 2
> mentors for the GSoC Mentor's Summit this year as we have three very
> interested individuals. Jasper and Tav are both presenting at SVG Open
> this year so they will be in the states within a week of the summit.
> Felipe also wants to go... If one of them is on the waiting list,
> generally, Google will have the additional funding intended for the
> original slot available still and apply that. However, if we were to
> need additional funding to bridge a gap, what would the board say to
> funding a potential gap (this is hypothetical on a number of levels)?
Given that students a) are already getting $$ from google, b) typically
have not (yet) contributed to Inkscape outside the parameters of their
GSOC project, and c) are kind of hit and miss about sticking around
post-project, I'd generally feel that monies from Inkscape's fund should
be directed to longer term continuing contributors rather than students.
These are all mentors. All of which have been active contributors for
a few years now. Tavmjong is our Invited Expert to the W3 SVG Working
Group (who most recently proposed gradient meshes for SVG 2.0 and they
were accepted). Jasper is one of our rendering & filter gurus (giving
two separate talks at SVG Open this year), he is trying to get
diffusion curves into SVG. Felipe is a previous student turned mentor
who is still actively working on improving our SVG Font support and
the font creation workflow in Inkscape. He is also working on a side
project with Dave Crossland to create an open source usability testing
suite (does all the eye tracking, input recording, and other stuff
necessary to see how users approach interfaces. Inkscape was
apparently their primary motivation for creating it. Felipe is also
king of, get him with another developer he gets in hyper-coding mode.