[Members] GSoC 2012

Kevin Smith kevin at kismith.co.uk
Mon Feb 27 11:16:37 UTC 2012


On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 12:27 AM, Tobias Markmann
<tmarkmann at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Generally it's about getting students into the open-source world. For
> GSoC this generally means coding work. For each accepted project the
> student gets a mentor from the mentoring organization. The mentor
> should ideally know the project quite well, so she/he can support the
> student and answer questions. Students are paid by Google for the time
> of GSoC, as is the mentoring organisation.
> It's not about learning to code but more about learning the projects,
> code for them and getting to know the open source world. So students
> are expected to have at least *beginner* coding skills in the
> programming language of the project.

Right. Projects can be proposed with varying levels of difficulty.
>From the Swift PoV, we only proposed projects last year that required
significant ability, but people can propose projects requiring less
prior knowledge.

> What the XSF needs would be mentors, ideally from XMPP related
> projects, and people interested with organizing the whole thing.

Certainly from XMPP related projects, I'd say. There's little point
having mentors from entirely outside the project.

> Organizing usually includes stuff like managing stuff in Google's GSoC
> web app, reviewing project proposals and more. I bet Kevin can tell a
> bit more about this.

Right. Reviewing project proposals is typically done by Council/Board,
with input from the people in the projects to which the students
apply. There are various deadlines throughout the summer, for the org
admins and the mentors as well as the students. The admins will
typically chase the mentors, the mentors chase the students, but it'd
be good to have someone to help so there isn't effectively one admin
needing to keep on top of everything.

/K


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