[Haskell-cafe] Anyone up for Google SoC 2010?

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 17:30:52 EST 2010

On Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 6:04 AM, Malcolm Wallace
<malcolm.wallace at cs.york.ac.uk> wrote:
> Google has announced that the Summer of Code programme will be running again
> this year.  If haskell.org people would like to take part again this year,
> then we need volunteers:
> First,
>    * suggestions for suitable projects
>          (in the past this was organised using a reddit)
>    * an administrator to co-ordinate the application to Google
>          (I have done it for the last three years but am very willing
>           to hand on to someone else)
> Google will accept applications from organisations in the period 8th - 12th
> March 2010, approx 1900UTC.
> If haskell.org is accepted again, students can apply between 29th March -
> 9th April.
> More volunteers will be required:
>    * to review student applications and choose which to accept
>    * to supervise the accepted students
> Both of these roles are called "mentor" in the Google system.  Putting
> together a good team of mentors before applying as an organisation is
> helpful towards us being accepted into the programme.
> Regards,
>    Malcolm

Gosh, is it that time of the year again? That reminds me to update my
running account of SoCs at
for the 2008 and 2009 results.

I was able to update 2008 results to 4 successes, 3 failures. 2009 is
still uncertain at 2 successes, 1 failure, and 2 unknown.

My general conclusions about good SoC projects are much the same as
last year's conclusions:

I would add though that projects really need to be focused. I marked
down nominolo's GHC API SoC as a failure because as far as I could
ascertain, he couldn't do much of anything, it was so much of a mess.
That it was not a good target for a short intense SoC, but rather the
target of slow multi-year refactoring & clean-up, might have been more
obvious if more specifics had to have been adduced.

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