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digitalmars.D - GSoC 2011 update: we have 3 slots

reply Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail erdani.org> writes:
Digital Mars has received 3 slots for GSoC 2011. That means we need to 
choose three student projects to go with.

We have enjoyed many strong applications and we have a great lineup of 
mentors, but Google is reluctant to allocate a lot of slots to 
first-time participants because historically Google has experienced a 
high rate of burn-out with new organizations. Most new participants have 
only received 2 slots, so this is in fact a vote of confidence for our 
fledgling participation.

So we need to prove ourselves by choosing three outstanding projects and 
by taking them to completion. I warmly thank all participants (students 
and mentors) and I hope they all will stick around and help even though 
it is impossible to select them all for formal roles.


Thanks,

Andrei
Apr 13 2011
parent reply Fawzi Mohamed <fawzi gmx.ch> writes:
On 14-apr-11, at 00:36, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:

 Digital Mars has received 3 slots for GSoC 2011. That means we need  
 to choose three student projects to go with.

 We have enjoyed many strong applications and we have a great lineup  
 of mentors, but Google is reluctant to allocate a lot of slots to  
 first-time participants because historically Google has experienced  
 a high rate of burn-out with new organizations. Most new  
 participants have only received 2 slots, so this is in fact a vote  
 of confidence for our fledgling participation.

 So we need to prove ourselves by choosing three outstanding projects  
 and by taking them to completion. I warmly thank all participants  
 (students and mentors) and I hope they all will stick around and  
 help even though it is impossible to select them all for formal roles.

I can only agree with Andrei, choosing just 3 projects will be hard, and if you happen not to be between the 3 choosen, it doesn't necessarily mean that your contribution wasn't good, or you aren't good, but simply that given the constraints we had we judged another project sightly better or slightly more important for our current priorities. It will be a though decision, and we would for sure be honored and happy if some of those that in the end will not be selected still sick around contribute to D community, and in any case we wish you all the best. And sorry if we make you jump through some hoops, but it is just that it is difficult to decide, and we should choose project that will have success, even to guarantee that google will continue to support us. Fawzi
Apr 14 2011
parent reply Ishan Thilina <ishanthilina gmail.com> writes:
 Digital Mars has received 3 slots for GSoC 2011. That means we need
 to choose three student projects to go with.

 We have enjoyed many strong applications and we have a great lineup
 of mentors, but Google is reluctant to allocate a lot of slots to
 first-time participants because historically Google has experienced
 a high rate of burn-out with new organizations. Most new
 participants have only received 2 slots, so this is in fact a vote
 of confidence for our fledgling participation.

 So we need to prove ourselves by choosing three outstanding projects
 and by taking them to completion. I warmly thank all participants
 (students and mentors) and I hope they all will stick around and
 help even though it is impossible to select them all for formal roles.


I can only agree with Andrei, choosing just 3 projects will be hard,
and if you happen not to be between the 3 choosen, it doesn't
necessarily mean that your contribution wasn't good, or you aren't
good, but simply that given the constraints we had we judged another
project sightly better or slightly more important for our current
priorities.
It will be a though decision, and we would for sure be honored and
happy if some of those that in the end will not be selected still sick
around contribute to D community, and in any case we wish you all the
best.
And sorry if we make you jump through some hoops, but it is just that
it is difficult to decide, and we should choose project that will have
success, even to guarantee that google will continue to support us.

Fawzi

Are you still going to interview every applicant or only the applicants from the project that you think have high priority and success rate? Thank you...!
Apr 15 2011
parent Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail erdani.org> writes:
On 4/15/11 9:05 AM, Ishan Thilina wrote:
 Are you still going to interview every applicant or only the applicants from
the
 project that you think have high priority and success rate?

 Thank you...!

Due to the few slots we received, we got we must be very conservative. We'll interview the applicants we believe have good chances at completing projects. There was a concern about students on a semester system that GSoC work would interfere with their coursework. Feel free to discuss this further on your application page. Thanks, Andrei
Apr 15 2011