Actually I didn't realize Bryce put something on the web page on 4/30 so
it's right there on top for students to see.
here's what I got posted on the BYU UUG (btw I find lots of mac's at the
linux user groups so not trying to exclude anyone). I took the advice
and made it a bit of soft sell. Please cut and paste and tailor to your
favorite alma mater. Probably should put in May 8th deadline.
> Google Summer of Code is On!
> Okay, it's finals time and you're busy, but are you interested in doing a Google SOC project? It's a super opportunity to hack on a project of your choice, get paid pretty well for it, get noticed, and maybe get some great job opportunities.
> Not sure what's involved or how to do one? Or think because you already have a summer job, you can't do one? It may be easier than you think but you have to act pretty fast. And you're chances might be much better than you think.
> If you're interested, the best way to get an idea and get accepted is to check out some of the sponsoring open source projects that had students accepted last year and have good mentors. Most of them have already posted a bunch of ideas and you can read the ideas they have posted, see if any are appealing, or post your own idea to their list for feedback, then simply write up a brief abstract length description on what you will code.
> Inkscape happens to be one such project having 4 student proposals accepted last year and the web site has lots of detailed SOC info on the wiki page (www.inkscape.org). Go for it.
Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Thu, May 04, 2006 at 04:26:47PM -0600, John Taber wrote:
>>Bryce Harrington wrote:
>>>On Thu, May 04, 2006 at 02:56:40PM -0500, Bob Jamison wrote:
>>>>Ted Gould wrote:
>>>>>Also, there aren't that many proposals for Inkscape submitted... I was
>>>>>hoping for more.
>>>>True, there are not that many ideas. But look at the topics. The
>>>>level of effort for the ones listed can be very large. Each one could
>>>>be a group effort, especially the SVG Field Effect stuff
>>>>( the elusive <svg:feWhatsit> tags , what a wonderful idea ).
>>>Does anyone have suggestions for how we could increase the number of
>>>submissions? I'm a bit concerned that we've only had 2 so far.
>>I was pretty serious when I mentioned about putting a big announcement
>>on the home web page like "Summer of Code is On" or whatever - the
> Great idea; I put a blurb there but it's not very detailed - could you
> write up some text you think would be suitable?
>>demographic "baby trough" at the universities is very real and everyone
>>is competing for limited people out there - so it's hard to get
>>student's attention. Are there some professors that can be emailed
>>(places like Rose-Holman or where there's been some other contributors)?
>> Or your Alma Mater? Also there were some excellent students last year
>>- can they repeat ? (maybe they're reading this, but maybe not and could
>>be contacted and invited to submit or encourage their friends to
>>submit). Also what about student linux user groups (where I think the
>>more coder types are) (ie I'll email the BYU chapter here). I think a
>>"call for proposals" should mention the success of the Inkscape SOC'ers
>>last year and the excellent mentors. Also most good students have
>>already lined up jobs for the summer (the job fairs are at start of
>>semester) so explain it's something they can do in addition (like most
>>of you) Students are now starting into finals so explain it's quick and
>>easy to apply.
> These are good ideas. It would be great if folks with university
> contacts could encourage submissions.
> Still as of today we only have 2 applications, and there are just 3 days
> remaining before the application period ends. Of the two applications,
> one isn't for Inkscape, and the other is incomplete. So it's worrying
> we may not get enough proposals to fill the slots we have.