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[] Google Summer of Code 2017

Greetings Eclipse Foundation Members and Committers.

We have started the process of applying as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code on behalf of the Eclipse Foundation. The Google Summer of Code programme connects post-secondary students with our open source projects by pairing students with mentors. Essentially, the programme funds the students to work with you. The Eclipse Foundation has participated in the programme since 2006 and has taken a lot value out of that participation.

After we've been accepted as a mentoring organization, we'll make a call for mentors. The first stage of mentoring is to review and rank student proposals; and (optionally) volunteer to be a mentor for specific student projects. This process requires that we evaluate student project proposals and make a call regarding whether or not we believe that the student has the skills and dedication to the complete the task.

You will only be required to mentor those students that you've opted to mentor (assuming the student's project proposal is accepted by the process). As a mentor, you will be required to check in regularly with the student, provide assistance in various forms, and complete both a midterm and final assessment.

We've gotten some valuable work out of the students over the years. Many of the students that we've worked on have continued as contributors to our open source projects, and many have become committers (and mentors for other students). By way of expectation management, however, you should regard participation in this programme primarily as that of relationship building rather than a means of getting a bunch of work done for free.

If you've read this far, then you're probably interested. Most of our future communication regarding this project will occur on the soc-dev mailing list (including links and information regarding how to apply as a mentor). If you'd like to keep up with the status of our participation in the programme, ask questions, or just lurk, please sign up for that mailing list.

If you need more information, we maintain a wiki page. We'll be updating the content on that page over the next week or so. Feel free to add your project to the "Ongoing Projects" section of that document, and please do add a section for your project to the ideas page (this is the page where students are sent to find ideas for their project proposals). It is, of course, a wiki, so feel free to play with the format to draw attention to your ideas.

Thanks for your attention. We're looking forward to another great year with Google Summer of Code.


Wayne Beaton on behalf of the Eclipse Management Organization
The Eclipse Foundation

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