GSoC in 2017 in 30 mins

KDE Conf India

10-13 March, 2017

Guwahati, IIT  

Tony Thomas


alternative facts

talks are fun (?)

I flew bit more than others, scheduled by @rharish

We had hosted a KDE conf before = \m/

Afternoon is the best time for a talk zzz. 

you might enjoy this

me + KDE = ?

mild OSS user/dev

so for next 30 mins..

my quick open source story - boring, showoff

how to start with any org ?

basic requirements ? - long told, ORLY ?

the GSoC & Outreachy thingy

preparing your proposal, what exactly is this thing ? - might be interesting (?)

what changed in 2017 ?

by the end, you will be like..

my Open Source story ?

2014 - GSoC student with Wikimedia Foundation, first patch in 2013 sept. 

2015-16 GSoc Mentor

2016 - Outreachy + GSoC org admin

Masters at TU Berlin (ITA)

2016-17 intern with Igalia, Spain.

Develops web on Python, PHP, Angular etc

Had been to couple of conferences and hackathons here and there!

starting with any org?



pref ?


search in


your org ?

past selections, projects


join IRC, ML, bug tracker

find simple bugs

can't reproduce ? stuck ?

seek help

self help

fix, push, reviewed



No ?

try python ?

names revealed as chats are on a publicly logged channel (#wikimedia-devrel)

stay, for gods sake!

basic requirements?

yes, there are!

command over written English - write more Emails, make one local ML ?

understand basic version control - ?

command in your favourite programming/scriptting language - this can be improved over time, too

skill to get help, etiquettes. etc 

have a great Github profile, and a technical blog

humans are funny with proposals..

or are they  ?

The GSoC & Outreachy thingy \m/


  1. University students 
  2. Have projects in all (?) language 
  3. You need to start early 
  4. Mentors, Org admins
  5. 201 orgs
  6. March 20 - April 3, 2017 = apply


  1. Open for non-males
  2. Rest = same as GSoC 
  3. Gnome Foundation
  4. org_count = 12
  5. University students can make it - finaly year project!
  6. March 30 = deadline 
  • Stipend of  5500 USD (?) sent out in 3(?) intervals 
  • Wonderful technical mentors
  • Working in a technical community in a real time huge  project! 

Preparing your proposal ?

GSoC, Outreachy


starting early,

right projects  

right mentors

your proposal


& benefits






Life of a successful project

Start Early ?

Selective ?

If early ?


Know community

come up with your own ?


tough time

find project

find mentors



and once you complete your project 

deploy it, get into production, maintain it!

mentor for Google Code In

start a FOSS club in your Uni (maybe) ?

talk about your project in confs ?

what changed in 2017 ?


GSoC ?

the fun ===== same

the work ===== same

your  mentors ===== same




New rules ? 

  1. 2 maximum successful try per lifetime 
  2. Stipend of Indian students now 2400 USD - more slots ?

thats it. Enough of todays disappoinment, lets talk code later today!

and if someone is interested!

KDE Conf, India

By Tony Thomas

KDE Conf, India

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