Summer of Code Google 2009

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This project has been depreciated for now. See the discussion page. Scott is applying through another open source project. His self-directed application is at User:ScottGeoffrey/GSoC_2009.


What should a mentoring organization application look like?

In addition to anything else your organization would like to submit as an application, Google will be asking (at least) the following questions as part of the application process:

Describe your organization.

Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2009? What do you hope to gain by participating?

Did your organization participate in past GSoCs? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.

If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?

What license(s) does your project use?

Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike (CC-BY-SA)

What is the URL for your ideas page?

What is the main development mailing list or forum for your organization?

What is the main IRC channel for your organization? #wikieducator

Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.

Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include Google Account information.

Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account information.

What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

A few notes on the mentoring organization application:

  • If you take a look at the program timeline, we've left about a week for students to get to know you before submitting their applications. It is critical that it be obvious how students should reach you to discuss applying to your organization; plan to link this information from your "Ideas" list at the very least.
  • The email addresses associated with the Google Account information provided during application process will be used as the primary mode of contact by Google throughout the program, e.g. the email address which we will use to subscribe you to the GSoC mentors/admins-only mailing list.


What is an "Ideas" list?

An "Ideas" list should be a list of suggested student projects. This list is meant to introduce contributors to your project's needs and to provide inspiration to would-be student applicants. It is useful to classify each idea as specifically as possible, e.g. "must know Python" or "easier project; good for a student with more limited experience with C++." If your organization plans to provide an application template, you should include it on your Ideas list.

Keep in mind that your Ideas list should be a starting point for student applications; we've heard from past mentoring organization participants that some of their best student projects are those that greatly expanded on a proposed idea or were blue-sky proposals not mentioned on the Ideas list at all.

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