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Mentoring and Community Involvement

Mentoring and community involvement

The INCF network offers student neuroscientists and student developers with both in-person and virtual mentoring opportunities that span from working on open source software development projects to career development for those wishing to engage in the sub-specialisms of neuroinformatics.


Neurostars(NS) is a question and answering site that serves the INCF network as a forum for knowledge exchange between national nodes; as a point of interaction between neuroscientists, software developers, and infrastructure providers; and as an integral resource in the network’s training and mentoring initiatives.

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Since 2011, the INCF network has served as a mentoring organization that pairs students with developers to work on 3-month programming projects.

Google Season of Docs is a global program that brings the open source and technical writer communities together. Since 2019, the INCF network has served as a mentoring organization that pairs technical writers with developers of open source software to work on 3-month technical writing projects.

The purpose of Brainhack is to bridge the data science and neuroscience research communities to advance the progress of brain science research. Brainhack is a unique conference that convenes researchers from across the globe and myriad disciplines to work together on innovative projects related to neuroscience.