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
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".