Thank you for selecting our organization to engage with. Our history with the GSOC and GCI programs has been of great benefit to our mission, and I like to think that the students have enjoyed themselves too. This is exciting to me, as I know that many of you will be friends I grow to value as we work together in the future.
We are easy-going folks here, but GSOC seats are of limited availability, and competition for those seats has proven to be pretty intense. For whatever reasons, our projects have attracted a lot of amazingly skilled and dedicated Students/Interns. We were extremely lucky to get four (4!!!) seats last year. We were prepared to get only one among all the proposals and the three active projects/repos.
I couldn’t say why our organization garnered so much high-quality interest, but if you ask me, the reason why we were allotted four seats for GSOC2017 seems very simple: The students and their project proposals were flat out excellent.
In all honesty, there may be projects out there in which you will find less competition. I actually lost sleep before the selection numbers came out last year, because so many of our students had put forth so much effort to earn a spot, and I was thinking that we would have tell most of them that they were not selected, and choosing the “best one” would have been completely arbitrary. Somehow, amazingly, no such disaster took place.
So what is the key here? Simple. Do as students for 2017 did. Learn the code base. Participate. Learn the practical application of the systems we support here. Target your proposal. Make the strongest argument for your proposal you know how to do. Build a relationship with the other developers here. Build a relationship with the other GSOC applicants. By doing this, I think that may make us a stronger case for being allotted more GSOC spots. If there is a friendly seat-stealing competition, let it be our organization that snatches them from less important projects, not one of our students from another!
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-PS: Please, as you introduce yourself, if you can provide a GitHUB handle as well, that would be very nice.