[geeklog-devel] GSoC 2010 is on

Dirk Haun dirk at haun-online.de
Wed Jan 27 17:00:11 EST 2010

For those who haven't seen it yet: GSoC 2010 is going to happen[1]

For us, that means:

- Do we want to participate again?
- If so, who's interested in mentoring?
- And of course, we need some good ideas :)

I've made some quick updates of the GSoC wiki page:


Mostly just moving the 2009 content out of the way. I've also added a
link to a new Brainstorming page where we can collect ideas.

Regarding mentors: I was thinking that maybe this year we could try the
idea of having more than one mentor per student. At the very least, a
backup mentor. In the past, students mostly only communicated with their
respective mentor and not a lot with the community. So from the
community's point of view, the end result came as a bit of a surprise.

I was thinking that with additional mentors, there would automatically
be more communication and that it could spread out to the community more
easily. With a second mentor, there's a better chance of finding one
who's free to discuss things, to try things out, or to reach out to the
community for feedback. The backup mentor role may also be of interest
for some of our former students who may not be comfortable with becoming
a mentor yet, but are willing to help a fellow student get into the project.

At least that's the theory. What do you think?

As a consequence, I was thinking we should ask for less students this
year. The two slots for AptitudeCMS are, obviously, gone anyway. But I
was thinking that we should only take on 4 or even 3 students and
instead concentrate on getting something from them that not only works
by the end of the programme but something that's already in a state that
it can be integrated more easily.

bye, Dirk

[1] <http://bit.ly/9hFpcb> - goes to Google Groups


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