[Owasp-board] OWASP Summer Code Sprint Proposal

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Wed Mar 4 15:21:05 UTC 2015

In principle, I like the idea, because I can see how it helps inspire 
students work in the security field.

For the amount: I think we could choose any amount and number of 
projects that would seem meaningful and affordable. E.g. we could also 
scale back to 5 projects or what we feel makes sense. GSoC did not start 
with 10 projects at the beginning.

Small thing: our pockets are not as deep as Google's, so I am a bit more 
cautious on what we get in return for this investment.

Would maybe Fabio, Josh and someone else like to call together and hash 
out differences for a proposal to the board?

Cheers, Tobias

On 04/03/15 03:49, Fabio Cerullo wrote:
> Dear all,
> As you probably know by now, we have not been accepted to Google 
> Summer of Code this year.
> Usually, this is a major push for projects during the year as 
> experienced by ZAP, OWTF, Appsensor, Hackademics, Seraphimdroid, etc. 
> For a full list of ideas in 2015 please check the following URL:
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/GSoC2015_Ideas
> In order to keep the momentum going and progress those projects, I 
> would like to request an extraordinary budget allocation of 30K USD to 
> cover up to 10 student slots at 3K each. Usually Google pays 5500 USD 
> per student during GSOC. We will use the same structure as previous 
> years with Kostas/me as org admins, the project leaders who usually 
> participate in GSOC (Core team) will pick the best student submissions 
> and then a group of dedicated OWASP volunteers who every year act as 
> mentors for the students. We could establish a mid-term and full term 
> evaluation where if a student is failed mid-term he/she will only 
> receive half the funds (1500 USD). If the student is approved full 
> term, he/she receives the full amount (3000 USD).
> I understand this is a non-planned expenditure, but considering the 
> importance of GSOC in the last couple of years to progress OWASP 
> coding projects, I think is imperative to take some action considering 
> the current scenario.
> If you have any questions, please let us know.
> Thanks
> Fabio
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