We don't require you to have worked on an open source project before, or to have worked on (or even used!) Sakai. We're just looking for enthusiastic people with great communication skills and the ability to create and build really usable web-based user interfaces. We hope that you'll find our application template fairly easy to fill out.
Please note that we can give you feedback on your applications to help you make them stronger. If you have a draft application, contact the project mentor and we will try to provide feedback and suggestions. The earlier you get in touch, the better we can help you make your application.
We often get asked what we're looking for. I've made a list of things which have distinguished some previous successful applicants - however, don't think you have to tick all the boxes! It's very unlikely that anybody will. It's just to help you improve your application, not to put you off:)
Just use the application template to tell us about yourself, give us some evidence of your skills and experience, and tell us why you'd like to work on a GSoC 2011 Sakai project.
Thanks for your interest and good luck!
All our mentors help rank all the applications we receive, but each mentor gets final say about who gets to work on their projects. If you want to apply for more than one project, you'll need to put in an application for each. Sakai is asking GSoC for 4 'slots', which sets how many GSoC students we can accept. The aim is that each mentor gets one student.
First of all, congratulations!
During the project you'll need reliable access to a computer and network connection, obviously. You'll be posting regular updates on your progess and thinking on the Sakai GSoC projects blog, so anyone involved in Sakai can see what you're working on, but you'll be working most closely with your mentor, who will help you get started and get used to working in a community project. Your mentor will also be on hand to help you throughout your project. It'll be up to you and your mentor to work out how you want to work together, but its important to understand that your mentor is not your boss. They probably won't tell you what to do - rather, they'll discuss with you and you jointly agree what to do. Ultimately, this is your project! It can seem daunting, but your mentor is there to help you, and its a major reason GSoC is such a great experience.