The Google Summer of Code 2013 is over. Chances are that we will again be participating in 2014, stay tuned.
If you intend to apply for any such projects in the future, it's a good idea to already start perparing for it now: the sooner, the better. It is a good idea to get familiar with the GNU Hurd, by reading some of our documentation, and by using a GNU/Hurd system. It is also a good idea to send in some basic patches (as mentioned in our student application form), and talk to us on the mailing lists or on IRC, for example about the principal steps you're planning on doing in your intended work area.
If you have any questions, don't be shy: please ask! Nobody expects you to
know everything. Even for the long-term Hurd contributors it is common to
openly post messages to bug-hurd saying: Hey, I don't know
how to do
X, can someone please help me? And, as we're not working next to
each other in a conventional office or university setup, we'll need to
establish and get used to different communication channels.
Please read up about contributing in general, and please ask any questions you might have, on the mailing lists, or on IRC, for example at one of our regular IRC meetings. Generally it's a good idea to get in contact with us as soon as you're beginning to spend time on a project.
Outside of the GSoC Scope
Working on one of these projects is generally a good opportunity to get started with Hurd development, even outside of the GSoC context. Please don't hesitate to contact us regarding mentoring even if it's not GSoC time at the moment, or if you aren't a student anyway.
In 2006 and 2007, we participated in GSoC under the umbrella of the GNU project, getting one slot each year. In the following year, we successfully participated on our own, instead of as a suborganization of the GNU project. Read about our five students' success on the 2008 page. In the next years, we again participated under the GNU umbrella with one slot in 2009, three in 2010, one in 2011, two in 2012, three in 2013 (one GNU, one GCC, one Debian).