I wasn't a GSoC applicant, but I just finished my OPW internship. For me, I
got in touch with mentor on the project I was interested in and discussed
with him. After getting an idea of what I wanted to do, I created a
proposal page (https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Chot/OPW/Proposal
is pretty sparse and not the best example of a good proposal. The more
details you can provide, the better the application will be, especially
with the number of candidates that Wikimedia has been getting. Then you can
ask the community for feedback; a good alternative to this email list is
through your talk page or irc. I would say apply when you have a polished
idea and have established a working relationship with your would-be
mentor(s) since you'll be working closely with them.
In any case, the important thing isn't *when* you apply, it's that you get
involved. The mentorship programs are a gateway to get people engaged in
the community so don't be shy about participating and asking questions.
Everyone, for the most part, is really nice and knowledgable.
Also, here are the launch pages for both the programs:
Keep an eye on these pages since they tend to change with important
Good luck with your application!
Teresa aka terrrydactyl
On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM, Nilesh Chakraborty <nilesh(a)nileshc.com>wrote;wrote:
Being a first-time GSoCer, I have a question about this - "We recommend all
candidates to apply soon and be ready to improve your project proposals
fast based on feedback received." - do you mean that I should post the
project proposal in this list -> discuss -> receive feedback -> modify ->
reiterate -> apply through google?
OR, should I apply through google with the project proposals -> receive
feedback -> modify -> reiterate?
I hope you get what I mean and would really appreciate the clarification.
Sorry if it's too obvious. :)
On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:29 AM, Quim Gil <qgil(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
Just a note to say that Google Summer of Code application period is now
The deadline is May 3. In the meantime, the Outreach Program for Women
application period is also open, until May 1.
We recommend all candidates to apply soon and be ready to improve your
project proposals fast based on feedback received.
Women interested in both programs are encouraged to apply to both. If you
are unsure, apply to both as well, or just ask (the sooner, the better).
All this may create some extra traffic in this list. New project
are encouraged to be announced here, pointing to
their related Bugzilla
reports. Please move the technical discussions to the Bugzilla reports as
much and as soon as possible.
Thank you and good luck to all candidates!
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