[vlc-devel] GSoC students

David Kaplan david at 2of1.org
Sat May 7 21:39:55 CEST 2011

On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org>wrote:

> Hello,
> The students project will be announced very soon.
> As usual, some people will complain, so, for once, I will explain before.
> Quality of application was poorer than previous year.
> We got almost no idea outside of the scoped ideas... Noone spoke about
> extensions management, noone suggested some things with device
> synchronisation, cloud projects were almost not detailed, noone spoke
> about blu-ray or MVC!
> Of course, some applications were very good, like zgreg one:
> http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/proposal/review/google/gsoc2011/grigorig/1
> Complete, clearly explained, early submitted, present on IRC, responsive
> to the questions...
> "This proposal is not made public, and you are not the student who
submitted the proposal, nor are you a mentor for the organization it was
submitted to."

> Of course, it isn't the only one, but in general, very good applications
> were rare.
> Crappy applications were as current as previous year, but the middle
> applications were not as good and not as detailed as previously...
> Now, to the main point: as the core developers of VLC are more and more
> rare and more and more busy, the strongest selection bias was the autonomy
> of the student: a student that needs little mentoring was more likely to
> get selected.
> It means that some students got selected because they were already part
> of the community. It also means that some good students were not
> selected because of lack of correct mentoring (I am especially thinking
> about some audio and subtitles idea). I am very sorry for those
> students, but I cannot make wonders...
> The second important rejection reason was because some students that
> seemed really good did not answer on the webapp or did not submit
> qualification tasks in time...
> Guys, you might be good, but if we can't check, you will not get
> selected.
> And once again, we got 0 female applicants!
> Best Regards,
> --
> Jean-Baptiste Kempf
> http://www.jbkempf.com/ - +33 672 704 734
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