|Re: [soc-dev] GSoC 2013|
Hey folks. It's good to see that a few Eclipse projects are already gearing up for Google Summer of Code 2013. It's also good to see some students reaching out to find where and how they can best contribute to Eclipse. Please respond to these requests as they come in.
This year, I've asked Eclipse Foundation staffer Jelena Alter to help me with the administration of our participation in the programme. Jelena is already a member of this list, so you can expect her to drop in periodically to let you know about important dates and other requirements. She's also offered to make contact with some universities to make sure that the students there are aware of the programme and our participation.
The timeline  is posted; our first milestone is March 18 when mentoring organizations are required to submit applications for participation. The student application period begins on April 22.
Now is a really good time to start soliciting participation from students. Please announce our intent to participate in the programme on your channels. Please start putting your project ideas on our ideas page .
Now is also a good time to start thinking about guidelines for accepting students. In the past, we have discussed requiring that students submit at least one contribution to an Eclipse project in advance of the start of the application period. Any thoughts about doing something like this this year? Should it be a hard requirement, or one of those things that propels a student to the front of the line?
As with previous years, we will only accept mentors that we know. This includes all existing Eclipse committers as well as well-known members of the community for whom existing mentors can "vouch".
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