[Bf-committers] GSoC 2018 - deadline for orgs January 23

Brecht Van Lommel brechtvanlommel at pandora.be
Wed Jan 10 17:46:30 CET 2018

I agree with the proposed points.

In addition I think each GSoC project should have a realistic plan, broken
down into iterative steps that are reviewed and committed to master every
few weeks during the GSoC period. By the end the entire project should be
reviewed, documented, committed and in use. That leads to more mentor work
per project and smaller/fewer projects, but postponing reviews until some
unknown time after GSoC is not a serious way to get a project finished, and
the resulting backlog of work is no fun for mentors either.

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> It's time of the year again. Looks like GSoC starts earlier each year.
> We just have two more weeks to finish the application!
> I've done all the forms already. I will also check with the team here in
> the studio to make a fun "onboarding" video, explaining where to find
> everything and how to get involved.
> What needs to be done in the next weeks is:
> - get a list of mentor candidates (people who review proposals). Contact
> me!
> - present an ideas page
> To start, I copied most of the ideas over from last year:
> https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Dev:Ref/GoogleSummerOfCode/2018/Ideas
> Please check and update! Remember, it's not a feature request listing, it
> should be projects supported by the module teams, with mentors candidates.
> I also want to propose to improve the GSoC experience in some ways:
> - Active recruitment locally on you university or your city - especially
> studios/companies who use Blender can be co-mentoring students as well. Get
> your own well paid intern!
> - Actively recruiting among students who already work with Blender (code).
> - Be more strict to student applicants. They should really bring in
> experience and knowledge.
> - GSoC is not an introduction to become a developer!
> - But we should also keep proposed projects simple and feasible. And it
> has to fit 2.8.
> - Get students to work on projects a mentor is also working on. That way
> mentorship goes more natural.
> Laters,
> -Ton-
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