ESA Summer of Code in Space
BRL-CAD is applying to participate in the 2011 ESA Summer of Code in Space!
Starting in 2011, the European Space Agency has run an open source software development program specifically for students called the ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS). Under this program, Google funds students to write space-related code for open source projects during the northern hemisphere's summer timeframe:
- The student writes a space-related project proposal for BRL-CAD.
- Sometimes their project idea caters to something that the open source organization suggests and sometimes it's an idea entirely of the student's conception.
- Proposals are reviewed, evaluated, and ranked by the open source organization's mentors.
- ESA allocates a certain number of slots to each participating organization
- That, in turn, determines how many student developers work with that organization.
Whether you're applying or accepted, we've itemized everything you need to do into a simple CHECKLIST. We're here to help you become new open source developers, so don't be shy if you have any questions. See our SOCIS 2011 page for more details.
The Selection Process
SOCIS is about getting people involved in space-related software development. As such, we heavily weight our application selection process towards students that are interested in remaining involved in BRL-CAD and space-related open source software development long after SOCIS has ended.
SOCIS is not a job. If you think this is just a summer job, then SOCIS is probably not for you. It's only like a job in terms of planning your time commitment over the summer.
Additionally, submissions are graded based on perception of the submitter's abilities to complete the task within the program timeframe, general consensus on the technical approach being proposed, and overall interest in having such modifications made to BRL-CAD. Particular notice is made of students that are responsive to questions and readily interactive in the IRC channel or on the mailing list. Communication is a great thing.
Whether or not you are accepted, contributing to open source outside of SOCIS is the best way to be noticed and get your proposal accepted. Keep that in mind. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to working with new BRL-CAD developers!