[OpenAFS] Google Summer of Code 2011: Seeking Mentors, Project Ideas, and Promotion

Jeffrey Altman jaltman@secure-endpoints.com
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:43:47 -0500

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At the Linux Conference in Australia, Google has announced that Summer
of Code 2011 will be taking place for its seventh year.


For the last three Summers OpenAFS has been accepted as a mentoring
organization.  http://www.openafs.org/gsoc.html  Google Summer of Code
benefits OpenAFS both by producing code for the project but more
importantly by introducing students to the joys of developing open
source and in particular, OpenAFS.

There are many more organizations that wish to be accepted to Summer of
Code than there are organizational slots.  A strong application is
backed by a deep pool of mentors and project ideas for the students to
work on.  The deadline for applying to GSoC 2011 is 11 March 2011.

As those that have mentored in the past can attest, mentoring is a
significant time commitment starting during the student application
period the week of 28 March 2011 and ending on 26 August 2010 if you are
lucky enough to end up with a student.  A mentor should expect to spend
ten to fifteen hours a week working with her/his student and the other
accepted students.

Projects should be challenging enough to peak the students interest but
not so large that they cannot be accomplished by a mentored student
during the coding period 23 May to 22 August.

While it is not required that prospective students have prior experience
using OpenAFS, it certainly would not hurt.  If you work at a college or
university that deploys OpenAFS, take a trip over to the local Computer
Science department and ask faculty members to discuss Google Summer of
Code with their classes and participation with OpenAFS in particular.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate.
Accepted students will receive a stipend of 5500 USD for successfully
completing the program.

If you are interested in mentoring a student or have a project idea,
please send e-mail to openafs-gatekeepers@openafs.org.

Jeffrey Altman

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