Summer of Haskell

Call for Ideas for 2018

Posted on December 25, 2017 by Niki Vazou & Jasper Van der Jeugt (permalink)

Google Summer of Code will take place again in 2018. Last year, Haskell.org was not selected, and we decided to run our own program, which ended very successfully.

This year, we would like to apply to Google Summer of Code again, since their sponsorship is very significant. The main feedback we received last year was that we didn’t really have a great homepage for Summer of Code with ideas for students (things were very rushed and we ended up submitting a link to an outdated bug tracker – not ideal!).

We already started fixing that last year by building a nicer webpage to host ideas. We would now like to call on the community to submit ideas for the students.

If you are the maintainer or the user of a Haskell project, and you have an improvement in mind which a student could work on during the summer, please submit an idea here:

https://summer.haskell.org/ideas.html

Or contact Niki Vazou (nvazou [AT] cs.umd.edu) or myself (m [AT] jaspervdj.be) directly.

For context, Google Summer of Code is a program where Google sponsors students to work on open-source projects during the summer. Haskell.org has taken part in this program from 2006 until 2015. Many important improvements to the ecosystem have been the direct or indirect result of Google Summer of Code projects, and it has also connected new people with the existing community.

Projects should benefit as many people as possible – e.g. an improvement to GHC will benefit more people than an update to a specific library or tool, but both are definitely valid. New libraries and applications written in Haskell, rather than improvements to existing ones, are also accepted. Projects should be concrete and small enough in scope such that they can be finished by a student in three months.