I'll be coordinating this year's GSoC from the Ogre standpoint, and I hope that this thread will cover the logistics behind the project.
This main post will probably get built over time, but for now it will cover the basics.
What is google summer of code?
It's an initiative by google to encourage contributions & involvement of students in open source communities. Read more about it here. Or google it.
How do I sign up?
Formal registration isn't open yet. This is the page containing the full timeline of the project. The important dates for students are :
- March 18 : Google announces the organizations that are in this year. We find out if Ogre is in this year's GSoC. [Passed. We are in!]
- March 28 : Students begin submitting their proposals on the GSoC site. This post will be updated with the URL when the time comes.
- April 8 : Student application deadline.
Discuss and suggest. This forum is for talking about potential ideas. Pretty much all of the projects that we chose have had preceding discussions in this forum. Its a good idea to get in-depth before submitting the proposal. Consider looking at previous years GSoC project threads to see how they worked.
Where can I find ideas?
The Help Requested is a good place to start. Continue by looking around you
What should my application look like?
The application template page is the basic reference. Remember that in the application you are pitching both your idea (as a good idea for Ogre) and yourself (as a good candidate for the project). Don't underplay either one.
If you want to see how a finished application might look like, you can see the Ogre GSoC wiki page and browse the projects that were accepted over the years.
How do I submit my proposal?
This post on the GSoC website contains the instructions and relevant links for proposal submission. It also contains other information about the GSoC, so it is suggested that all interested students read it.
Good luck to everyone!