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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Re: GSoC mentee evaluation: Original ideas
Date Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:29:23 GMT

On Apr 15, 2010, at 6:40 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:

> On 15/04/2010 23:00, Rahul Akolkar wrote:
>> Suggestion for next year, so I think dev@community is appropriate.
>> Perhaps some folks on code-awards@ may have input, so CC'ed that list.
>> I think those mentees that suggest original ideas for GSoC projects
>> and manage to get committers interested in mentoring those original
>> project ideas should be recognized with a separate evaluation question
>> in the mentee ranking process. While question two currently includes
>> "original input" it can be interpreted in various ways (original
>> project idea, original proposed solution etc.).
>> I am suggesting the following for next year and beyond:
>>  * Is the project definition and idea originally the mentee's, the
>> mentor's or a collaborative effort? (0-2 points, 2 if mentee's idea, 1
>> if collaborative, 0 if mentor's)
>> Thereby, coming up with an idea and garnering mentor interest becomes
>> a dimension in the mentee that gets rewarded (as it should be, IMO).
> +1 - if there are no objections we'll add this after the current selection process has
completed, ready for next year.

I think this is a great idea and pretty much reflects the how we do it for Mahout.  We push
pretty hard for students to come w/ their own ideas.  We've gotten a lot of mileage out of
this approach.
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