[ANN] Ruby Summer of Code 2010

Fellow Rubyists, I’m proud to announce the first annual Ruby Summer of
Code.

In the best tradition of Google’s legendary summers of code, Ruby
Central, Engine Y. [1], and the Rails team [2] have joined forces to
muster a legend of our own, a new summer program for student Rubyists
to flex their open source might.

  • Students are paid a $5000 stipend to work full-time during their
    summer break.
  • A group of Ruby gurus volunteer their time as mentors.
  • Mentors vote on student proposals based on usefulness, benefit to
    the Ruby community, and history of motivated open source contribution.

Check out http://rubysoc.org for the full story, to volunteer as a
mentor, and to sponsor a student.

Student applications begin on April 4. Students, start working on your
proposal now! Rails [3] and JRuby [4] have ideas lists up as a
starting point. All Ruby projects are welcome.

This is an entirely volunteer effort. The more we raise, the more
students we can sponsor. 100% of contributions go directly to
students. We already broke the $20,000 mark – 4 summer students –
and we’re aiming for 20 total.

Do you make a living using Ruby? Does your business live and breathe
Rails? It’s a sweet and wonderful path. Donate today at
http://rubysoc.org.

Let’s make this happen.

Best,
Jeremy K.

[1] http://www.engineyard.com/blog/2010/ruby-summer-of-code-is-here/
[2] http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2010/3/24/ruby-summer-of-code
[3] http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rubysoc/2010/ideas
[4] http://wiki.jruby.org/RubySummerOfCode2010

Hello again,

On Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM, Jeremy K. [email protected]
wrote:

the Ruby community, and history of motivated open source contribution.
students. We already broke the $20,000 mark – 4 summer students –

[1] http://www.engineyard.com/blog/2010/ruby-summer-of-code-is-here/
[2] http://weblog.rubyonrails.org/2010/3/24/ruby-summer-of-code
[3] http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rubysoc/2010/ideas
[4] http://wiki.jruby.org/RubySummerOfCode2010

UPDATE

Great news: we broke the $75,000 mark in less than 24 hours! We’ve
raised enough to fully fund 15 summer students.

We’re so grateful to see the Ruby community coming out to support this
program in its first go around. Great expectations.

So with stars in our eyes and we’re setting a cap at 20 students. Just
$25K to go. Take us the last mile.

Best,
Jeremy K.

$25K to go. Take us the last mile.

Best,
Jeremy K.

Dear Jeremy,

That is fantastic news.

Does this only apply to students in the USA?

Kind regards,
Samuel

I’d ask the same as Samuel. Is this just for people in the united
states?

On Sun, Mar 28, 2010 at 1:41 AM, Robert G. [email protected] wrote:

I’d ask the same as Samuel. Is this just for people in the united
states?

Ruby Summer of Code is open to all students worldwide, minus those in
the handful of countries prohibited by U.S. law (e.g. Cuba, Iran,
Syria, …)

Last year, Rails had only 1 U.S. citizen among our 4 students
participating in Google Summer of Code.

jeremy

So with stars in our eyes and we’re setting a cap at 20 students. Just
$25K to go. Take us the last mile.

DONE!

We’ve raised $100,000 to sponsor 20 summer students.

Congrats and thanks to all the donors.
-rp

Back again –

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM, Jeremy K. [email protected]
wrote:

  • Students are paid a $5000 stipend to work full-time during their summer break.

Great news: we broke the $75,000 mark in less than 24 hours! We’ve
raised enough to fully fund 15 summer students.

We’re so grateful to see the Ruby community coming out to support this
program in its first go around. Great expectations.

So with stars in our eyes and we’re setting a cap at 20 students. Just
$25K to go. Take us the last mile.

DONE!

We’ve raised $100,000 to sponsor 20 summer students.

Wow, just wow.

Best,
Jeremy K.

Jeremy K. wrote:

Fellow Rubyists, I’m proud to announce the first annual Ruby Summer of
Code.

In the best tradition of Google’s legendary summers of code, Ruby
Central, Engine Y. [1], and the Rails team [2] have joined forces to
muster a legend of our own, a new summer program for student Rubyists
to flex their open source might.

  • Students are paid a $5000 stipend to work full-time during their
    summer break.

One suggestion for future years might be to allow non-students. Since

  1. we’re not google SoC so we can, and 2) if somebody can do it full
    time then why not…

Anyway thanks for setting that stuff up :slight_smile:

-rp

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Roger P. [email protected]
wrote:

summer break.

One suggestion for future years might be to allow non-students. Since

  1. we’re not google SoC so we can, and 2) if somebody can do it full
    time then why not…

Anyway thanks for setting that stuff up :slight_smile:

Definitely! Next year we’d love to include all students of Ruby :slight_smile:

jeremy

jbw

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 4:48 PM, Roger P. [email protected]
wrote:

summer break.

One suggestion for future years might be to allow non-students. Â Since

  1. we’re not google SoC so we can, and 2) if somebody can do it full
    time then why not…

jbw

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM, jbw [email protected] wrote:

In the best tradition of Google’s legendary summers of code, Ruby

I think the goal of getting younger developers involved in open source
is important and allowing non-students might make it harder for
younger developers, that’s with the assumption all young people are
students :stuck_out_tongue:

Hi jbw,

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM, jbw [email protected] wrote:

younger developers, that’s with the assumption all young people are
students :stuck_out_tongue:

College-student status is a measure that has worked well for Google so
we’re cargo-culting and running with it this year. Primarily, it
filters out professional developers who would treat the program as a
three-month contract gig and gain nothing from it but a paycheck.

But, there are many paths to discovering the joys of Ruby and open
source participation. We’re not huge fans of adding age and schooling
discrimination on top of that.

So perhaps we treat it like the Olympics: amateurs only.

Next year, I hope to see plumbers switching careers and retirees
unlearning COBOL, too!

jeremy

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 6:56 PM, Jeremy K. [email protected]
wrote:

Definitely! Next year we’d love to include all students of Ruby :slight_smile:

It would be nice if you can also include “residents and nationals of
Iran,
Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma).”

Hi Jeremy,

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Jeremy K. [email protected]
wrote:

Central, Engine Y. [1], and the Rails team [2] have joined forces to

I think the goal of getting younger developers involved in open source
is important and allowing non-students might make it harder for
younger developers, that’s with the assumption all young people are
students :stuck_out_tongue:

College-student status is a measure that has worked well for Google so
we’re cargo-culting and running with it this year. Primarily, it
filters out professional developers who would treat the program as a
three-month contract gig and gain nothing from it but a paycheck.

How will you stop this, if you even want to, then next time?

But, there are many paths to discovering the joys of Ruby and open
source participation. We’re not huge fans of adding age and schooling
discrimination on top of that.

Maybe the rsoc isn’t one of those paths, but another type of soc for
non-students, professionals?
If professionals are able to participate I doubt as many people would
invest money if they’re unsure on whether they’re going to be
basically handing out pay checks to seasoned developers. I think it
would be in the investors interest to see more ‘new’ developers in the
future.

Google uses age and schooling as a measure to meet their goal of
getting more young developers involved, i guess
you have a different goals in mind which is cool :slight_smile:

So perhaps we treat it like the Olympics: amateurs only.

Next year, I hope to see plumbers switching careers and retirees
unlearning COBOL, too!

jeremy

jbw

Is “Twitter Username” really required for a student application? I’m
thinking of applying, but I don’t have a twitter account and really
have no interest in getting one.

-Jonathan N.

Hey jbw,

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM, jbw [email protected] wrote:

Code.

  1. we’re not google SoC so we can, and 2) if somebody can do it full
    filters out professional developers who would treat the program as a
    three-month contract gig and gain nothing from it but a paycheck.

How will you stop this, if you even want to, then next time?

I don’t know. This is a challenge for next spring.

future.

Google uses age and schooling as a measure to meet their goal of
getting more young developers involved, i guess
you have a different goals in mind which is cool :slight_smile:

Similar goal, broader measure.

No reason to limit to those who opt in to (and can afford) college. We
want all up-and-coming Rubyists to participate.

By no means does this mean making it a pro game. Hence, my suggestion:

So perhaps we treat it like the Olympics: amateurs only.

Next year! We have a big summer ahead, now.

Best,
jeremy

I cant type my full phone number into student submission.

Will i get a feedback about my application as usual or it’s an one time
shot?

2010/4/19 Jeremy K. [email protected]

On Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM, Jonathan N. [email protected]
wrote:

Is “Twitter Username” really required for a student application? I’m
thinking of applying, but I don’t have a twitter account and really
have no interest in getting one.

We plan to use GitHub and Twitter to keep the community abreast of
summer work as it proceeds.

You can create an account just for the summer and just for progress
updates if you wish.

No, we won’t mandate that you tweet about that awesome egg salad
sandwich you just ate or how much you hate hipsters.

jeremy

At what time does the application window for student application close?

It isn’ t possible to edit the application once submitted, I guess??

Thanks,

  • fela

On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 9:38 AM, Fela W. [email protected]
wrote:

At what time does the application window for student application close?

It isn’ t possible to edit the application once submitted, I guess??

At the end of the day tomorrow, San Francisco time (PDT).

Nope, you can’t edit after submission.

jeremy

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