In the second year of CROSS being a mentor organization for Google Summer of Code, we received Google funding for 4 summer students. For more information, see my GSoC Mentor Summit [lightening talk](https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17a8PSOWnuoOOfv-snVEno2oIaDFEUfQ6UirhHW4k6k0/edit?usp=sharing).
One of the outcomes of attending [!!Con West](http://bangbangcon.com/west/2019/) was an opportunity to join the 285th podcast of [Embedded.fm](https://www.embedded.fm/): “[A Chicken Getting to the Other Side](https://www.embedded.fm/episodes/285)”
The Linux Foundation invited me to the Open Source Leadership Summit that this year, very conveniently, took place in Half Moon Bay.
CROSS Industry-Practitioner-in-Residence Philip Kufeldt contributed to the SNIA Live Webcast on [Why Composable Infrastructure](https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/663/344762/why-composable-infrastructure)
Please join Peter Alvaro, Scott Brandt, Jay Lofstead, and me in congratulating Dr. Ivo Jimenez on his successful Ph.D. defense today on "Agile Research Delivery".
Please join Peter Alvaro, Scott Brandt, and me in congratulating Dr. Noah Watkins on his successful Ph.D. defense today on "Programmable Storage".
Please join Peter Alvaro, Scott Brandt, Ike Nassi, and me in congratulating Dr. Michael Sevilla on his successful Ph.D. defense on "Scalable, Global Namespaces with Programmable Storage".