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Tanning for Open Source Projects: The Summer of Code & You

Mustafa Isik, Sebastian Schmidt

Making Community · Standard
Wednesday, 14:00, 20 minutes | Lafayette


Many open source projects and Eclipse in particular have benefited greatly from participating in Google's Summer of Code. The program brings together college students and open source projects over a three month period, offering monetary compensation for the former while contributing to the latter.

In this talk we would like to share the experiences the Eclipse Communication Framework collected by participating in the program since 2006, such as realizing long-term relationships with students that extend beyond the duration of the Summer of Code. For instance, ECF has been successful in recruiting valuable committers through the program in every single year of its participation.

Devising and executing a successful Summer of Code collaboration can present itself as a daunting task - which shouldn't keep you from tapping into its potential. Done right, the Summer of Code can be a rewarding experience for student and mentor. We will talk about lessons learned from both perspectives and introduce you to collaboration mechanisms and tools that worked for us.

The application period for the Summer of Code 2011 is right around the corner after EclipseCon 2011. We hope to be able to help prospective mentors and Eclipse projects to maximize their chances for a successful program participation by offering a timely presentation and discussion.

Mustafa K. Isik is a software engineer located in Munich, Germany. He started working on Eclipse as a Google Summer of Code 2006 student, continued working on Eclipse projects as an Engineering Intern at Google in California and stayed on board as a committer on the Eclipse Communication Framework. Before falling for Eclipse, software architecture & engineering, Mustafa was involved in Augmented Reality research with Prof. Gudrun Klinker at TU Munich, where he devised and developed AR systems for BMW Research. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and is currently working on his graduate degree at TUM.

Sebastian Schmidt is a software engineer located in Munich, Germany. He participated in the Google Summer of Code 2010 which introduced him to the world of open source development and Eclipse in particular. Sebastian completed a dual work and study undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe and was employed at United Internet. He recently started to work on a graduate degree at TUM.