Announcing Season of KDE 2009

Accepted students for Google Summer of Code 2009 have been announced and we are very very happy with the ones we have chosen to work with us this summer. Congratulations to all of you!

Just like in previous years, we have been overwhelmed by the number of very good proposals we received for KDE. Unfortunately we were not able to accept all excellent students as the number of slots is of course limited. We would, however, like to offer every student who would like to work on his project outside of GSoC the opportunity to do so. We are happy to announce Season of KDE 2009. Last year SoK students did an awesome job and some of them have even been accepted for GSoC this year. We will provide you with a mentor and we can manage to do something about the T-shirt as well!

So students: please don’t forget that not being accepted for GSoC doesn’t mean you are not qualified/cool/good enough to work with us. It most likely just means we would have loved to accept you but couldn’t.

If you feel passionate about your proposal and would like to work on it outside of GSoC with a mentor by your side please contact us at kde-soc-mentor@kde.org and we will work out the details together.

13 thoughts on “Announcing Season of KDE 2009”

  1. Congratulations to all accepted students. I would like to know if there is a list somewhere to know what projects/students have been accepted this year. So far i do not see any update on the google SoC website.

  2. I would like to know that is there any time boundation for completing the project? Does any certificate will also be provided on completing the project?

  3. There are no strict time boundaries for SoK. However we ask you and your mentor to agree on some timeline of your choosing at the beginning so you have a goal to work towards.
    I am sure we can give you some kind of certificate from the KDE eV stating that you have successfully taken part in SoK once you finished your project.

  4. “So students: please don’t forget that not being accepted for GSoC doesn’t mean you are not qualified/cool/good enough to work with us. It most likely just means we would have loved to accept you but couldn’t.”

    It just means you won’t get any money 😉

  5. Thats a good news, but another proposal has been accepted for the same idea for which I had given a proposal. So now that he will be working on it under GSoC, I won’t be able to work for the same application (PlasMate). If I’m wrong, please correct 🙂

  6. Yes that is correct. However there are a lot of other things to work on. So I am sure the Plasma team will find a nice task for you 🙂 (Or if you rather work on another part of KDE then we sure can make that happen somehow as well.

  7. Well, i think GSoc must rethink their strategy, to accept as many student as possible. because if you exclude some student, some of them good including me we will be left with no options but participate in competition that has a model to encourage student to be create and submit their work like the imagine cup of microsoft.

    this can be done by, terminating the 4500 dollars payment. Open source is not about money in the first place. other wise GSoc will be doing the opposite of what they intended to do, promote open source.

    duncan, cape town.

  8. Duncan: You are aware that this is exactly what SoK is made for? To allow you to participate anyway? And really you are free to start working with KDE whenever you want. It is an open source project after all.
    About removing the payment from Google: I think that is not a good idea as some of the GSoC students are only able to contribute to KDE this way and still be able to pay the rent.

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