Sponsoring Students Contributing program

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We are establishing an architecture for schools, corporations, and other organizations with an interest in open source software education to sponsor students to work under the mentoring and guidance of the Fedora Project teams.

Fedora Students Contributing is about connecting sponsors (those with resources to share) with students (those with time, passion, and skills to share.)

Contents

Why you should be a sponsor?

What do you get out of it?

  • Positively impact FOSS projects.
  • Get your brand in front of smart students who want to work on FOSS.
  • Potentially end up hiring great developers through the program.
  • Work on a community program that demonstrates how open source business is done.
  • See something you’d like coded be completed.
  • Other positive brand associations.

What you need to do

We need to start talking, soon.

What are the resources you can supply?

  1. Money to pay stipends to students for spending focused time on these FOSS projects. This is a cross between a summer job and an internship.
  2. Someone to help coordinate and to contribute as part of the Fedora Summer Coding special interest group (SIG).
  3. Mentors, especially if they work actively in sub-project or area the sponsor is supporting.

What does the Students Contributing program do?

The Fedora Students Contributing mentors sort the student ideas, generate the list of approved proposals, work with the students throughout the summer, and make sure you hear back about how things went.

It’s not necessary as a sponsor to have ideas of how your resources should be used, that’s what the Fedora Project and JBoss.org mentors and sub-projects are prepared to do.

You can learn more about the model we are using in this blog post, Summer Of Code Swimchart: Now With More Generic.

Timeline for sponsoring organizations

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It is still under construction and content may change. Do not rely on the information on this page.

Join the discussion mailing list and/or watch this page to be updated about schedule changes.

Start dates are emphasized and deadlines are in bold emphasis for student items.

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Deadlines are 23:59 UTC on the specified date
For example, if the deadline is 09 August, all work must be in for mentor review by 23:59 UTC on 09 August. You must adjust for your own timezone, meaning the deadline may be at a different time of the day for you locally.
  • September
    20 September - Projects begin posting ideas
    23 September - Begin publicity to students
  • October
    Whole month - students, mentors, and sub-projects get to know each other
    1 October - Students can begin submitting applications
    13 October - Mentors need to finish idea pages
    20 October - Students applications + proposals need to be in
    21 October - Sponsors must pledge funding by this point
    24 October - Organizers finalize how many applications will be accepted
    27 October - Mentors + admins finalize rank-ordered list
    28 October - Students informed yes/no about application
    29 October - Collect payment info for selected students
  • November
    Whole month - code, interact
    01 November - Project begins (depending on proposal)
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Proposals may have a modified schedule included.
  • December
    05 December - Midterm evaluations period begins
    05 December - Student midterm deadline for evaluation (first, soft deadline)
    08 December - Student midterm deadline for evaluation (final deadline)
    12 December - Midterm evaluations due from mentors
  • January
    Whole month - code, interact
  • Febuary
    09 Febuary - Project coding completes
    16 Febuary - Students final report, code snapshot, and evaluations due
    20 Febuary - Mentor evaluations due for students
    23 Febuary - Final evaluations due back to students
    25 Febuary - Mentor, sub-project evaluations of the Summer Coding program requested
  • March
    01 March - Sponsors receive report from organizers
    06 March - Sponsors release and deliver funds (proposed date)