[Tdwg-phylo] Phyloinformatics Summer of Code 2011: Call for Mentors
hlapp at nescent.org
Mon Feb 21 20:01:15 CET 2011
(Apologies if you receive multiple copies.)
Over the next 3 weeks we will be pulling together NESCent's
application to the 2011 Google Summer of Code as a mentoring
organization. This is a call for all prospective mentors, primary and
secondary, to step forward.
Participating as an organization is competitive. Over the last years
the acceptance rate for organizations has been around 30-35%. The most
important component of organization applications is the Ideas page,
and specifically the quality and suitability of the project ideas.
These project ideas are contributed by you, our mentors. In the past
we have had a strong, diverse and well-documented portfolio of ideas
with different degrees of difficulty, from different participating
open-source projects, using different programming languages.
If you can fancy yourself serving as a mentor, or helping someone else
mentoring a student as a secondary mentor, or would like to help out
in other capacities, please contact us as soon as you can at phylosoc-admin at nescent.org
. If you have not been a mentor with us in previous years, we'll send
you guidance on what doing so involves, and how you can contribute to
our participation. We will also add everyone who is interested in
serving to our (private) mentors mailing list (at least those who
If you are new to Summer of Code and wonder what it takes or what it
is like to be a mentor for us, don't hesitate to ask questions or to
contact previous mentors (see URLs below for projects that got
selected). Being a mentor does require time (see http://bit.ly/soc2011-mentortime)
, but our past mentors have pretty much unanimously found it a fun and
rewarding experience. That's aside from the code a student could
contribute to your project, and, possibly most important of all in the
long run, the chance to gain a new developer.
The initial skeleton of our 2011 Ideas page is now up here and ready
for adding project ideas and mentors(*).
We will send further guidance on drafting project ideas, but for now
you can see examples of the format and scope of project ideas on the
Ideas pages from previous years (click on "Ideas"):
Submission of organization applications starts Feb 28 and closes on
March 11. For project ideas to contribute to the strength of our
application they must be in reasonable shape by the morning of March
11. *If* we are accepted, ideas can be refined (or added) between
Students apply March 28-April 8, and selected students are announced
April 25. The coding period runs from May 23 to August 22. See
http://bit.ly/soc2011-timeline for a full timeline of the whole program.
Cheers, and we look forward to hearing from you!
(*) Editing content on the NESCent Informatics wiki (f.k.a. Hackathon
wiki) requires you to login. We had to disable local account creation
due to spam getting out of control. The wiki is still open, though -
just login with your OpenID. If you don't have an OpenID, the "Login
with OpenID" page has information on you can easily get one, and if
you have a Google account, you're all set to go.
More information about the tdwg-phylo