Google Summer of Code
BRL-CAD has applied as a mentoring organization in the 2015 Google Summer of Code!
Since 2005, Google has run an awesome open source software development program specifically for students called the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Under this program, Google funds students to write code for open source projects during the northern hemisphere's summer timeframe:
- The student writes a 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.
- Google allocates a certain number of slots to each participating organization
- That, in turn, determines how many student developers work with that organization.
Getting Started Checklist
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.
The Selection Process
GSoC is about getting people involved and contributing to open source over the long-term. As such, we heavily weight our application selection process towards students that are interested in remaining involved in BRL-CAD and open source software development long after GSoC has ended.
GSoC is not a job. If you think this is just a summer job, then GSoC 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.
Just about every GSoC organization receives considerably more project proposals than can be accepted. Every application gets read multiple times and reviewed in detail. Of those applications, only a small subset are selected so keep in mind that the selection process is rather competitive and difficult.
Whether or not you are accepted, contributing to open source outside of GSoC is one of the main goals of the program and 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!
BRL-CAD participation in GSoC
You can check out promotional flyers that have been prepared in the past on our GSoC flyers page.
This year we had a whooping 12 students poised to do great work on their projects. As an umbrella organization, we expanded our cooperation to include LinuxCNC.
Hoping to foster collaboration and communication, we actively reached out to a number of related and active open source CAD communities. We expanded our umbrella to include cooperation with STEPcode, LibreCAD, and OpenSCAD.
Middle ground, not too many, not too few. It was just right. We accepted seven students that all participated successfully. This was also our first year participating as an umbrella organization, coordinating one of those slots with the STEPcode community.
This year, we aimed big. Lots of mentors, lots of students. Compared to some of the larger notable orgs, students had a really great chance of acceptance if they were actively communicative and highly passionate about their project idea and BRL-CAD. Overall, we accepted eleven students.
After a year off focusing on a major development initiative, BRL-CAD once again was accepted to participate in the Google Summer of Code. We structured our participation minimally, however, intending to only accept a couple students. In the end, we only accepted two students, both of whom did outstanding work.
We took a break and didn't apply to participate in 2010. We wanted to give another org the chance to participate and allow ourselves a little extra time to focus on our own development priorities.
For the second year in a row, BRL-CAD is participating in the Google Summer of Code. BRL-CAD was accepted as a participating organization and took upon five students, four of which successfully worked their projects and integrated with the development team.
The Google Summer of Code 2008 was announced on February 25, 2008. BRL-CAD was accepted as a participating organization and took upon four students, all of which successfully worked their projects and integrated with the development team.