TL;DR: I want jME to participate in this year’s Google Summer of Code 2020, and I want to help with the application process.
Google Summer of Code 2020 is now accepting applications from open source organizations. This is an annual program sponsored by Google to fund students to work on open-source projects over the summer break. Each student is paired with a mentor from the organization to work on a software feature, and this includes making weekly plans and executing and delivering it on time. Google also provides significant funding for the mentor and the organization. I think last time jME participated in GSoC 2014 and received funding for 3 slots.
For the application process, we need to generate a list of ideas that we want the students to work on and a list of prospective mentors for each idea that the students can contact for further questions.
Last year I spoke with @Nehon to participate in GSoC but didn’t get the time to get the process started because I just started my Master’s program and it was overwhelming. This year we have about 4 more weeks until Feb 5th to complete the application process, and this year I want to participate as a student, and it would be awesome if I can work on jME through this program.
I want to step in to help jME prepare its application process. But I need help in the process. For example, which ideas to include and possible mentor’s suggestions.
So far I’ve used web archive to find the idea lists we’ve had for GSoC 2014 and copied it to a shared google drive file which can be found here. This link has edit permission, so feel free to update the document with your ideas. Note that I only fixed formatting of the old document, so you’ll see some outdated content - but I still think the content can server as a good starting point for a new idea list.
What do you guys think? I am very excited about jME participating in GSoC.
Each year thousands of students and over 200 organizations are accepted into the GSoC program, and acceptance into this program will give jMonkey strong visibility, new users/contributors and some funding that our community need.