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Your proposal may be one amongst many so it's important to stand out from the crowd by submitting the best quality proposal you can. You don't necessarily need all the answers to the project challenges from the start because mentors will want to ask questions and make suggestions for improvements. However, you can give mentors a really good feel for your enthusiasm and commitment by following the guidelines below.

Personnal Details

We don't necessarily need your full CV but the following information is important to us:

  • Name, address, nationality, primary language spoken
  • IM name and email address.
  • Any other ways we can contact you, eg, Skype, Twitter etc
  • Name of your school and the course you are studying including your major, your expected graduation date and degree type (BSc, PhD etc)
  • Copy or link to your CV, blog pages etc
  • Where you will be located during the 3 months of GSoC.

Project choice reasons, relevant skills, experience and knowledge

  • Which project you are interested in, why you are interested in it and why you are suitable to complete it.
  • Which coding languages you have experience of using and indicate how they might be relevant to the project.
  • Indicate whether you have any prior knowledge of or experience with HPCC Systems.
  • Do you have any experience of working with any other open source projects?

Project Proposal

  • Show your understanding of the project in detail, indicating what the deliverables would be and how you would achieve them.
  • Provide code examples and show your knowledge of any equations, formulae where relevant. This is particularly important for Machine Learning projects.
  • Undoubtedly, each project will have its own challenges. Show that you are aware of these challenges and indicate how you might overcome them. 
  • Once you have submitted a proposal, use the comments sections to ask questions of mentors and discuss ideas that might help you develop and improve your proposal.
  • Mentors may ask questions and make suggestions for improvements. Please respond as quickly as possible and make sure that you update your proposal with your changes.

Work Schedule

  • Show that you have thought about how you will spend your time by supplying your expected timeline with milestones.
  • How many hours per day you intend to spend working on the project? Remember that Google expects this to be your only job during the coding period and requires that you spend 40 hours per week on the project.
  • Will GSoC be your only job this summer?
  • Did you apply to GSoC last year? Were you successful? If yes, tell us about your project and how it went.


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