[Bf-committers] GSoC 2018 student requirements

Ton Roosendaal ton at blender.org
Sat Feb 17 15:37:06 CET 2018


I suggested to actively recruit among students who are already familiar with Blender (code). 
New developers are always welcome too, certainly when they bring in their own expertise. 

Other orgs make this very clear to students nowadays. A student coming in with "please guide me, I don't know where to start" is better off first participating as a volunteer for a while.

A nice example:

For those who don't read long texts, a nice quote:

Please only propose projects that you already know how to do.
It is impossible for a mentor to train you in how to do the task while helping you do it. This always results in failure.


Ton Roosendaal  -  ton at blender.org   -   www.blender.org
Chairman Blender Foundation, Director Blender Institute
Entrepotdok 57A, 1018 AD, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

> On 17 Feb 2018, at 14:23, Sybren A. Stüvel <sybren at stuvel.eu> wrote:
> Hey list,
> Ton suggested to me at some point that we should only accept GSoC students who already have worked on Blender in the past (submitted patches that actually got a positive review, or who already are active Blender developers). I fully agree that this is a good idea, as GSoC is not about teaching students how the innards of Blender work, but to get a concrete result that is useful to Blender's users.
> Shall we adopt this as official policy? Or have we already and did I simply miss it?
> Cheers,
> Sybren
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