[Owasp-board] OWASP Summer Code Sprint Proposal

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Mar 5 19:51:20 UTC 2015

I didn't participate in past GSoC at any level and really don't feel
particularly qualified to assemble this program.  It would require way more
research than my time currently allows.  My stipulations for support were
stated in my earlier e-mail:

   - Have a pre-defined scope for the opportunity with specific milestones
   - Have a pre-defined award for completing the opportunity
   - Publicly publish any and all opportunities so that anyone can express
   an interest in them
   - Have a formal selection process with ideally a committee of leaders
   making the selections
   - Those involved in the selection process cannot also submit
   - Those involved in the selection process are also responsible for
   assessing completion
   - All work produced is provided under the same open source license as
   the project

As long as a proposal (from whoever doesn't really matter) adheres to
these, then I feel that I can put my support behind it.


On Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 9:21 AM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:

>  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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