Hey mentors,
 
Thank you wanting to help the community and we apologize for the delay in getting back to you. We originally anticipated between 20-50 people to do the incubator but now we have nearly 1000 participants. Luckily we have also received lots of help from mentors like yourselves to help put this nonprofit together. Here are the steps to begin mentoring:
 
  1. This Collection contains all of the projects for this incubator. You can use the search functionality on the right side to look for teams you might be interested in mentoring. Just search for things like computer vision, text classification, object detection, transformers, etc."
  2. When you find a project that seems interesting, you can click on it to take you to it's page. There you will see the team members on the right side. If you like the idea and the team, go ahead and leave a comment with the following information:
    1. ​Your name
    2. Your background and areas of expertise (include profile links)
    3. Why you want to help this team specifically?
    4. How will you help this team? (example: "We will meet once a week on Google Hangouts to go over progress and next steps.")
    5. What is the best way for them to contact you? (email address, MWML Slack username, etc.)
  3. When you leave the comment, make sure that you tag all the authors (by writing @username in your comment) so they receive a GitHub notification. For example, for this project, you will write @GokuMohandas at the start of your message. If there are multiple authors, like in this project, you will write "@BedirYilmaz, @tanulsingh, @ramaneswaran" at the start of your comment. 
 
A few things to keep in mind:
  • You may choose to help more than one team.
  • You can work with the team to change the project they are working on if it makes sense to do so.
  • Some teams are actually working on multiple projects (for example with a team of 4, they may have decided to pair up into 2s while all 4 still meet every week to discuss progress). This is totally fine as some self learners prefer this.
  • The amount of help you provide is up to you but typically meeting virtually for 30-60 minutes a week for guidance is great.
  • When choosing a team, consider that more experienced teams may not be the ones that need your help the most.
  •  If there is already a comment by another mentor on a team, you can still leave your comment because the team may choose you to be a better fit.
  • One of our missions is to make this community more diverse and certain demographics and ethnicities don't have access to the same learning resources and mentorship as others. So keep that in mind as well when choosing which teams to help. 
 
For those of you that were also interesting in holding a 30-60 minute panel about a certain topic, we will reach out to you by tomorrow about specific logistics. Thank you to each and every one of you and I hope you find this experience to be rewarding. I'm sure we've all received free help on our journey here and it's great to be able to pay it back. I will periodically share some stories from participants who are truly grateful for your time.
 
So far we've heard from:
  • students who have lost their internships
  • people who were living by themselves and were depressed during this pandemic who now have something to look forward to this summer. Many have already started learning and regularly communicating with their group members. 
  • professionals who have been laid off and looking to boost their analytic skills for a chance to get a job later this year when things go back to normal.
 
Please let us know if you have any questions!
 
 
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