GSoC Mentor App - 2008

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This is a draft of the text sent to google to apply for mentoring status:

  • Describe your organization.

We are developers of the Audacity sound editor which runs on Linux, Windows PCs and Mac. Audacity is a immensely popular with millions of downloads each year, and is consistently in the top ten downloads at sourceforge. It has a thriving developer community, and is a flagship application of the wxWidgets cross platform toolkit. Particular care has been taken to make Audacity screen reader friendly for visually impaired users. TODO: Say some more about the most interesting recent developments in 2007

  • Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2007? What do you hope to gain by participating?

GSoC looks to be a very effective way to get a developer giving full time attention to Audacity, coding on a focused task. It looks to be win-win, good for the student and good for us. As well as the direct improvements to Audacity from the student, which would be hugely welcome, we also hope to interest more people in contributing, through the publicity around GSoC.

  • Did your organization participate in GSoC 2005, 2006 or 2007? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and failures of your student projects.


  • If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?

Yes. We applied in 2007, but we didn't make the cut. This time round we're involving the developer community more in the application process so as to make a better and hopefully successful pitch.

  • Who will your organization administrator be? Please include Google Account information.


  • What license does your project use?

GNU GPL V2 compatible. Some code is also released under a more permissive license.

  • What is the URL for your ideas page?

  • What is the main development mailing list for your organization?

[email protected]

  • What is the main IRC channel for your organization?

TODO: Should we change this? Would using IRC more actually help?

We don't use IRC and don't plan to for the project. There is an IRC channel on freenet, but we find using e-mail to be more time-efficient. For interactive discussion with the student, we plan to use Skype.

  • Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.

Yes. See SummerOfCodeStudent

  • Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include Google Account information.


  • Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account Information.

TBD Note from last year: Must get valid gmail addresses for ALL volunteer mentors, well in advance.

  • What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.


  • What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

To be discussed on audacity-devel.

  • What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

To be discussed on audacity-devel.

  • What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

TBD (we can certainly improve on the text from last year)

  • What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

TBD Let's plan a hackathon (social) for early in the GSoC process, so that we meet some of the potential students face to face. Any other ideas?