I’m happy to announce that KDE has been accepted as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2012. This is our 8th consecutive year. Congrats to all accepted organizations, and a big thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen for KDE!
Students. Now that you have a list of accepted organizations, it’s time to start working on your proposal. KDE maintains an ideas page which is an excellent starting point, and don’t forget to check our student guidelines. I’ve also prepared an article a while ago with a few tips on how to structure your proposal.
You can come up with your own idea or base your proposal on something from the ideas page, but either way it’s very important that you get feedback from the team you wish to work with well before the submissions deadline. If you have general questions about getting involved with KDE as a Google Summer of Code student you’re welcome to ask on our IRC channel #kde-soc on Freenode, or join the mailing list email@example.com. For questions about a specific idea please contact the relevant team (subproject) directly.
Finally, make sure to keep an eye on the official Google Summer of Code timeline – those deadlines are always closer than they seem 😉
Mentors. Now that we know that KDE has been accepted, it’s time to get ready to mentor some students. If you wish to be a mentor your next steps should be:
- subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org,
- sign up on http://www.google-melange.com and apply as a mentor for KDE,
- contact one of the admins to approve your requests.
For questions you can reach the admin team on #kde-soc or at email@example.com.
And most importantly, in the following weeks you’ll be contacted by prospective students with questions and feedback requests for their proposals. It might take a bit of time and you might get questions with very obvious answers. Please be patient and keep an eye on the timeline 😉
To help you through the process I’ve updated last year’s KDE GSoC process flowchart, courtesy of Lydia Pintscher.