Not accepted into GSoC? Here’s what to do…

Filed under: AmarokBlog,free software,KDE,PlanetKDE,PlanetKubuntu — Lydia at 11:01 pm on Monday, April 25, 2011

GSoC acceptance/rejection emails have been sent out not long ago. Congratulations to everyone who was accepted. Now if you are among those who received a rejection email this blog has a few things for you. None of these are GSoC or directly affiliated with it. Each of them however is pretty damn cool ;-)

So first of all: Pretty much any GSoC org will accept you outside of GSoC if you are dedicated and they have someone who can help you a bit. Ask them! A few orgs have dedicated programs though:

  • Haiku with Haiku Code Drive (not confirmed yet for this year)
  • illumos with illumos Students – You get mentoring to work on a cutting-edge operating system at your own pace and get a t-shirt, recommendation and other prizes, possibly even internships.
  • KDE with Season of KDE – You get to work on cool stuff all over KDE and get a t-shirt and certificate if you are successful.
  • Umit with Umit Summer of Code – Your chance to work on networking tools and get a t-shirt, certificate and recommendation letter.
  • X.Org with X.Org Endless Vacation of Code – You can get paid to work on X.Org and you can do it at a time that suits you and your mentor.

All of these programs allow you to work on really cool software with a mentor over a longer period and create something you can be proud of. So ask your org and see what you can do outside of GSoC with them. It’s in your hands. And if they don’t have enough mentors for example, there are a lot more projects out there waiting for you. Don’t be shy and ask.

If you know of more GSoC orgs running similar programs this year please mention them in the comments.

5 Comments

Comment by Alexandro

April 26, 2011 @ 4:11 am

OpenOffice.org Education Project also has a mentorship program. we want to make it easier for students to join and start contributing.

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April 26, 2011 @ 4:44 am

[...] like USoC in the Open Source community. A friend of ours took the time to list them, and made a very nice post in her blog listing her findings. Thank you Google and everyone that submitted a proposal to Umit Project. We hope we can all work [...]

Comment by Dan

April 26, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

Google Summer of Disappointment (GSoD), is a community for all the enthusiastic GSoC rejects with something to prove. Lets work even harder than the lucky few, strive to mentor each other in group projects and collaborate in the true spirit of open source software development.

https://groups.google.com/group/google-summer-of-disappointment

Comment by Gaurav Paliwal

April 27, 2011 @ 3:13 am

RubySOC ( http://rubysoc.org/ )

Comment by jospoortvliet

April 28, 2011 @ 12:38 am

Alexandro! Dude, you still haven’t moved over to LibreOffice? Tssc, or do you get paid by Oracle these days? Or am I confusing you with someone else?

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