[PLUG] About GSoC

sankarshan sankarshan.mukhopadhyay at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 18:26:30 IST 2010

On Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 12:52 AM, Ratnadeep <ratnadeepdeshmane at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am final year engineering student and this year i want to participate for
> Google Summer of Code.  Regarding this I need help for things like -
> - Selection of organization and project.
> - Regarding application form such that there will be more chances for
> getting selected.
> Is there any expert or mentor worked with GSoC or any past GSoC student in
> Pune who can guide for GSoC.

Sometime back (<http://sankarshan.randomink.org/blog/2009/04/21/google-summer-of-code-09-etc/>)
I had noted that :


I am sure that the following have been written again and again, but
I’d say it is never enough. For those who want to participate in GSoC
and work towards a good application, it would be nice to keep in mind
some of the following.

Participate early, participate continuously – a project can become
confident of the student’s ability to deliver if there exist proof
that the student has what it takes to take the idea from a concept
stage to a deliverable. So, do not land up on a project during GSoC,
give it some deep thought and engage in a structured fashion much
earlier so that the developers know who you are and what you can do.

Think, don’t just read – if there is constant participation,
anticipating a potential GSoC project becomes much easier. Thinking
about it in the perspective of relevance and value to the project
gives it the much needed shine. This also means that it is easy to
write a proposal around an idea than just verbatim copy of the text of
the idea into the proposal

Talk, don’t just write – it is important to indulge in public
discussion of the ideas, the proposed paths and initiate discussion.
GSoC proposals are not fire-n-forget type documents. They need
constant attention

Listen, don’t just talk – a good proposal is one that discusses it
with potential mentors and, can evolve through discussions and
suggestions. Keeping eyes and ears open to good ideas also demonstrate
a willingness on part of the candidate to become a better contributor
and a good participant


And, do take time to read the FAQ that the GSoC team puts out.

sankarshan mukhopadhyay

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