Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Largest ever number of students accepted!

Huge congratulations to all FOUR of our successful applicants, all of whom impressed our mentors with their combination of skill, experience, enthusiasm and ideas.

Mai Giménez: Sakai OAE native mobile app
  • Mentor: Carl Hall (Hallway Technologies)
  • Mai is a final year student of computer science at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain.  Mai is a great communicator and is actually returning from a related project in Sakai CLE last year so will be hitting the ground running.

Kasun Lakpriya: Sakai CLE mobile app

  • Mentor: Steve Swinsburg
 (Australian National University)
  • Kasun is a final year student at the University of Moratuwa, following a computer science and engineering degree. Kasun is massively enthusiastic about this project and has the distinction of being our first GSoC student from Sri Lanka.

Aadish Kotwal: Sakai OAE Column Storage Driver

  • Mentor: Ian Boston (University of Cambridge)
  • Aadish impressed us immensely with his pre-application research and is probably ready to get started right now.  He is a fourth-year Computer Engineering student at the University of Mumbai, India. 

Manoj Inukolunu: Improve Sakai CLE WebDAV support
  • Mentors: Anthony Whyte (University of Michigan) and Seth Theriault (Columbia University)
  • A fourth-year CS student at Birla Institute Of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani, Goa, Manoj is also returning from last year.  This time around though he couldn't have a more different project, or one with a better chance of wide deployment.  We're counting on you, Manoj!

Big kudos to all our other applicants also - several of the projects this year had more than one outstanding application and it really wasn't easy for us to choose.  Four slots is what Google have given us though and we're really grateful for all four of them, especially as that's the most slots ever for Sakai.  

Between now and May 23rd the students will be getting to know the Sakai project and community and talking to their mentors to flesh out their plans and prepare for the main project phase.  These projects aren't just fixing bugs; they're breaking new ground with improved and extended functionality.  It won't be enough simply to write code - the students will have to produce code which is useful and maintainable enough that others will take it on even when GSoC is over, as users and as maintainers. It's no mean challenge and they'll need to draw heavily on their mentors' experience to be successful.

So that everyone can see how they're getting on I'll be asking the students (and mentors!) to post updates here, starting with introductions, but expect to see them in JIRA, Confluence, IRC and the mailing lists as well.

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