I'd expect (and hope) that nobody on this list would want to use the figures in a negative light, but my point is why highlight it at all? Sure, using one or two students as examples can be a great motivator, but does a figure for the number of students from a particular country really promote anything? If it increases or decreases from one year to the next that's not really a trend it's just how things went.
I'd suggest showing the diversity of those involved might be a better idea. The organisation I'm mentoring for is primarily based in Europe, but has students from all around the world, and, if anything, GSoC has hopefully shown that most, if not all, organisations involved will take students irrespective of whether they're in the same town as their mentor or half way around the world.
I've found that showing the potential for anyone to be involved has a far bigger impact than giving students figures about any socio-economic grouping or location, so they think about thousands of slots available rather than the hundreds that, in previous years, may have gone to a particular grouping they are part of.
Hopefully you can see the advantage of this approach too.
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On 30 Apr 2012, at 20:48, Adnan wrote:
> @Jordi @AL @Razvan and @ALL
> I was not asking the country stats in a negative way.
> I asked because I'm promoting GSoC in my Country since I participated as a student in 2010. I wish more and more students should know about this program in my Country and they should participate . I ran info sessions, blog posts and bla bla to give awareness.
> be positive ;)
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