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New Video: How to be successful with Google Sumer of Code

02 Apr

This video is from a Google Summer of Code information session held at the University of Toronto. The event was a panel discussion involving panelists from 6 open source communities including:

  • Austin Ziegler - Ruby
  • Diego Novillo - Google
  • Blake Winton - DrProject
  • Nelson Ko - TikiWiki
  • Behdad Esfahbod - GNOME Foundation
  • Andrew Ross - Ingres

The panel had excellent advice and wisdom to share with interns. Some of the key points include:

  • Communication is key to your successs. Be responsive to questions and interact with your mentors OFTEN.
  • Establish a relationship with project team members. This is typically done by communicating in IRC/Email or attending community events.
  • NEVER copy and past the project ideas as is from the web site. Make the idea your own by being specific, providing a timeline, and interacting ahead of time by asking questions to define a realistic scope
  • Pick an appropriate project you can realistically accomplish. This may involve engaging the community to help you scope it.
  • Remember - you're not qualified... that's the point. So use the opportunity to learn and get a great experience.

The deadline to apply is 19:00 UTC Friday April 3rd. Good luck!

Here is a video of the panel discussion:

Google Summer of Code panel discussion from Andrew Ross on Vimeo.


Thank you for your useful

Thank you for your useful post and cognitive video! The information you provided was really good. I appreciate it and  I'm always searching for informative stuff like this, I will check here often for more coll suff.

Very Useful information ,

Very Useful information , this is both good reading for, have quite a few good key points, and I learn some new stuff from it too, thanks for sharing your information.


Thank you  for your post and

Thank you  for your post and video!!  I agree with you that communication is key to your success and that we must be responsive to questions and interact with our mentors OFTEN.

Not fearing to ask questions

At around the 50 minute mark an article is mentioned about problems with not asking questions, do you have that handy?

Let me look it up

Hi, thanks for the comment. I believe that was my comment you are referring to. I'll look it up when I get a moment.