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Andreas Bräu ab at andi95.de
Mon Oct 26 23:34:26 CET 2020

Hi there,

as we had a break this year in participating on GSoC, a new iteration 
got announces now. So we can apply again and take an new chance :)

There are some important changes for next year, for details see the 
forwarded mail. Management summary:
* half workload for projects
* project duration 10 weeks instead of 12 weeks
* 10 weeks can be distributed more flexible, so exams and other breaks 
are possible
* less evaluation overhead

The most important impact for us is that we have to adopt our project 
ideas to be smaller. I think that will also make it easier to find students.

So please take a look at https://projects.freifunk.net/#/projects and 
add or edit your ideas at 

If you have any questions, please ask :)



-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	[GSoC Mentors Announce] GSoC 2021 is on with a few chages
Date: 	Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:30:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: 	'Stephanie Taylor' via Google Summer of Code Mentors Announce 
List <gsoc-mentors-announce at googlegroups.com>
Reply-To: 	gsoc-mentors-announce+owners at googlegroups.com
To: 	Google Summer of Code Mentors Announce List 
<gsoc-mentors-announce at googlegroups.com>

Hello GSoC Mentors and Org Admins,

We are pleased to announce Google Summer of Code 2021 
<http://g.co/gsoc>, the 17th consecutive year of the program!

As many of you might have heard if you attended the Mentor Summit a 
couple of weeks ago (or chatted with someone who did) we are making a 
few changes for the 2021 program. We’ve spent a lot of time evaluating 
the GSoC program and have been looking at where we can make some changes 
to help meet the #1 goal of GSoC - bring new, diverse contributors into 
your communities that stay in your communities after their GSoC program 
ends. And with the challenges of the pandemic and the strains it has put 
on everyone’s time (students, mentors and org admins alike) we are 
looking to provide more flexibility in 2021.

What are the changes for 2021 from 2020?

   1. *Smaller project size** - *all students participating in the 2021
      program will be working on a 175 hour project (instead of a 350 hr
      project). This change will also result in a few other changes
      including the student stipend being cut in half.
    * Currently we are missing out on many wonderful students who could
      never commit to such a huge project and time commitment but would be
      great contributors to your community. This is a significant change
      as we now are no longer strongly encouraging students to focus only
      on GSoC over their summer. Students have many other responsibilities
      especially during the pandemic that make it hard for them to spend
      30 hours a week on a project.
    * We realize this is going to require all of you to think about
      smaller projects and update your project ideas which is why we
      wanted to give you 3+ months to start talking it through with your
    * The mentor stipends will be adjusted to $400 per student mentored.
      In feedback from the mentor summit it was pointed out that the
      effort from mentors will not be half as much even though the project
      size is cut in half so we adjusted from $250 to $400.

   1. *Shortened coding period* - the /coding period will be 10
      weeks/ with a lot more flexibility for the mentor and student to
      decide together how they want to spread the work out over the
      summer. Some folks may choose to stick to a 17-18 hour a week
      schedule with their students, others may factor in a couple of
      breaks during the program (for student and mentor) and some may have
      students focus 30 hours a week on their project so they wrap up in 6
      weeks. This also makes it a lot easier for students with finals or
      other commitments (weddings, etc.) to adjust their schedules.

      *2 evaluations  (instead of 3)* - There will be an evaluation after
      5 weeks and the final evaluation will take place after the 10th
      week. We are also no longer requiring students complete their first
      evaluation (though we encourage them to do so), so if a student
      doesn’t complete the first evaluation they will not automatically be
      removed from the program. They are still required to complete the
      final evaluation.


      *Eligibility requirements* - In 2020 there are many ways students
      are learning and we want to acknowledge that so we will be allowing
      students who are 18 years old AND currently enrolled (or accepted
      into) a post-secondary academic program as of May 17, 2021 or have
      graduated from a post-secondary academic program between December 1,
      2020 and May 17, 2021 to apply to the GSoC program.

    * What this means is that now the program will be open to folks
      participating in a variety of different academic programs, not just
      accredited university programs. This includes licensed coding camps,
      community colleges, and many other programs that may not be
      accredited yet but are post-secondary academic programs.
These changes were made to help find more diverse students who we hope 
will stay involved in your communities after their GSoC ends. We look 
forward to these changes and will definitely be getting feedback from 
all of you as the 2021 program goes on to see what is working and what 
we should consider adjusting for any possible future program.

The program announcement 
<https://opensource.googleblog.com/2020/10/google-summer-of-code-2021-is-bringing.html>, timeline 
<https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline>, marketing 
<https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/resources/marketing> (slide 
deck, flyers), FAQs 
<https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/faq>, and short videos 
<https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/videos> with tips for 
mentors and students are all available. You'll also notice the 2020 
program has now been archived 

*Organizations* -- If you would like to apply for the 2021 program 
please start thinking about the ~175 hr projects you would like students 
to work on and also reach out to your community members to ask if they 
would like to be mentors for the program. Having a thorough and well 
thought out list of Project Ideas is the most important part of your 

Encourage other open source orgs to apply -- Please also consider 
encouraging other open source projects to apply and be a first time GSoC 
org - we’re hoping to accept more orgs in 2021 than ever before with a 
good number of them being first time orgs. When orgs apply they can put 
your org down as a reference.

*Please note that Org applications will open on January 29th. *

We are looking forward to another exciting year of GSoC!

For any questions about the programs please email us at 
gsoc-s... at google.com <https://groups.google.com/>


Stephanie Taylor

GSoC Program Lead

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