So, i was spending an hour researching this. It's a very interesting idea, i'd love to take part. I'm not sure we are established enough for the committee, but trying doesn't hurt (to much). Short summary of how it works (to my best understanding, might have to readjust this):
We apply as an organization. The application comes in form of potential project proposals for students to pick from. See KDE's ideas list: http://community.kde.org/GSoC/2011/Ideas
. Proposals are more like drafts and shouldn't incorporate full milestones. The application is due by the 18th of March.
If we get selected, students may pick one of our proposals or submit their own proposals. They'll have to write a full application, with concrete milestones and deliverables. We may interact with students at this point and nudge them in the right direction. We would then have to evaluate (chats, proposaletc.) and rank them. The committee will allocate slots for our organization, one slot -> one student. Once those are allocated, the top ranked students fill those slots.
Organizations have to provide at least 2 mentors that are responsible for one or more student each. Mentors are the guiding forces behind students and are responsible for mid-term evaluation and final evaluation. Students will be financed by Google for 3 full months. But only if the mentors don't fail them (didn't reach milestones, didn't turn up at all, etc.).
That's the TL;DR, i may have gotten some things wrong. Please consult the GSoC FAQ for more detailed information: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/docu ... /help_page
Other engines and frameworks have successfully applied for GSoC in previous years, most notably, Ogre3Dhttp://www.ogre3d.org/tag/summer-of-codehttp://www.ogre3d.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=13
Much can be learned from Ogre3D's experience, they also have a few dedicated wiki pages with project proposal, status tracking of acccepted projects etc.
If we want to do this, there's a couple of things that need to be done over the next 2-3 weeks:
- I'd actively reach out to folks and gauge their interest over the next 2 weeks. We are not supposed to already get students on board, but getting a feel for the general interest level may keep us from spending to much time on this.
- The core contributors (all the red shirts in here) should chim in and tell me if they want to be mentors. There are quite a few obligations as a mentor, read the FAQ above and the mentor manual here: http://en.flossmanuals.net/GSoCMentoring/
- The entire community should chim in here and propose ideas for projects!
Let the ideas flow!