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Last Minute

Groundhog protecting his holeStudent life is busy life like every life. It happens often that students become interested in the Google Summer of Code very late. Most of our students in the past three years contacted us for the first time during the application period despite all our attempts to reach out and engage them early through a network of academic contacts. The reality of life is that few people have Eisenhower’s discipline to manage their time. Only when an important issue becomes also urgent we see it on our radar screen and deal with it in a rush against the deadline and the chronic lack of sleep.

“Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent”. Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States

Eisenhower's Priorities

Now it is not the time to plan participating in GSoC, it’s the time to do it. Time is short, and if you are like the many who started thinking about Summer of Code now, you will need to go full speed.

  1. Introduce yourself to the community. Join our mailing list and tell your story. Tell us who you are, that you intend to participate in th Google Summer of Code with us. Share your interests and passion. Motivate us to invest an effort in your application. Our time is limited too and you are competing for it.
  2. Register on the Google Summer of Code site. Important: note your LinkID.
  3. Get your tools ready. The instructions for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu and other platforms are in our wiki.
  4. Hack the code. Show that you can read it and make changes to it. Submit a patch to the mailing list. I wrote about this yesterday.
  5. Have a look at our project ideas page. Is any idea appealing to you? You’ll need to make a choice quickly and develop it fast. Google for it. Read. Talk about your wishes and doubts and seek guidance on the mailing list. Chances are that if you are engaging enough, the community, and more particularly the idea originator(s) and potential mentors will react and help you. The sooner the better.
  6. If you have ideas of your own, discuss them on the mailing list. Some of the most brilliant projects came up as suggestion from the student, not as an idea from our list. Don’t be shy, shine!
  7. File a proposal before the deadline. If you’re really pressed, don’t worry if it is incomplete, just make sure you can complete it in the following days or it will be ignored. To file a proposal with us, point your web browser to http://socghop.appspot.com/student_proposal/apply/google/gsoc2009/<your LinkID>?organization=hugin
  8. Last but not least: don’t just do the talk, do the walk! It’s time for you to take the initiative.

And if time is a crunch and you can not make it this year, stay tuned. Maybe next year there’s another opportunity, and maybe by then you will have set aside time early enough.

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