Dear students who did not receive a GSoC slot this time,
This year we had a record number of 111 applications(Which is higher than last year), and Google gave us 19 slots. As we received much more than 19 excellent proposals, we had to make some hard choices and many excellent candidates, unfortunately, did not receive a slot. This is especially sad for us in some cases where the candidates clearly showed a lot of motivation and commitment, even contributing extensively to our projects.
If you were not accepted, please do not feel discouraged. Keep in mind that GSoC is open to students of all levels, from first-year students to students completing their PhDs, with various levels of previous programming experience! So, keep acquiring more experience, and keep trying in the next years. One day you will be the candidate with more experience. And if you apply with us again in the future, we will remember any contributions done this year.
Remember that, if you never fail, you are probably not trying ambitiously enough. AOSSIE mentors have gone through failures too, and we know that every application process can feel like a waste of time. That's why, at AOSSIE, we do our best to make the application process productive even for students who end up not receiving a slot. We encourage students to focus on contributions through merge requests, and we give feedback on your contributions. In this way, you acquire experience in programming, git and collaborative software development and you improve open-source projects that benefit society.
We hope that you had a positive experience applying with us and that this experience will enrich you.
Thanks and kind regards,
The AOSSIE Mentors