From: Jason Cleeland <jason@cl...> - 2009-04-02 01:45:44
We're coming up to the most exciting part of the GSoC process so far, which
is the part where we select the student applications we like the most, and
then hope Google are willing to find slots for all the ones we want.
I appreciate that all the mentors are not using the GSoC ranking process at
the moment so that Carsten and I can be consistent with the way we do it.
That makes sense.
But to help us out, particularly where there are multiple applications for a
similar project, it would be very helpful if other developers could spend
some time over the next week looking closely at the applications and
determining what they like and don't like about the applications.
If you can, let the student(s) know directly about any flaws or shortcomings
you see in their application, and ask them to clarify anything you don't
get. Particularly if the application is one which you may be the mentor for,
it is important that you have a good feeling for the application, and the
I'll arrange an IRC developers meeting sometime later next week to discuss
applications, but in the meantime this was sent around the GSoC mentors list
by Joe Kopena and I think it's good to use when trying to rate applications:
cakephp) to succeed?
- What is your confidence in the student's communication skills and ability
to work with a mentor?
- Is the proposal well organized and readable?
- Is the technical proposal doing more than simply reiterating suggestions
given by the mentors on the mailing list?
- Does the suggested workplan show real thought and detail? Is it at all
- Are you convinced the student will be able to commit sufficient time to
the project over the summer? Warning signs are other research/jobs, imminent
thesis proposals, etc.
- Are you excited by the idea of working on this proposed project with this
If there are multiple applications for a project you're interested in, we'll
need to know which one you like the most before we do our final rankings for
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