Welcome to GSoC 2019

Hello BeagleBoard.org® GSoC 2019 students, mentors and admins,

If you don't know me yet, my name is Jason Kridner aka 'jkridner', I
am a co-founder Beagleboard.org Foundation and one of your friendly
admins for this year's GSoC with BeagleBoard.org.

Let me first congratulate all the 4 students that made it into the
selections. Our mentors are looking forward to work with you.

Vaishnav M A will be working on Clickboard Support Under Greybus.
Pranav Kumar will be working on Reference Design For A GPIO-based
Parallel Bi-Directional Bus.
Denis Obrezkov will be working on Xen on BeagleBoard-x15.
Pratim Ugale will be working on PRU User Space API.

Mentors, thank you again for your participation this year,
BeagleBoard.org would not be able to participate in GSoC without you!

0. Intro

Over the duration of GSoC I will send out organizational emails like
this one, so make 100% sure you are subscribed to the beagleboard-gsoc
Google Group and check your inbox for GSoC-related messages from time
to time please.


1. IRC

All students and mentors are asked and encouraged to hang out and be
available in the #beagle-gsoc IRC channel on Freenode as often as you
can. I'm personally shooting for "office hours" at 10AM and 10PM US
Eastern time and suggest each project set some kind of daily "office
hours" in addition to the mandatory weekly meetings.

Besides being able to contact your mentor directly, you will also have
all the other students and mentors available to maybe help you out

We really want to see you there, do not wander off and work in
isolation because we cannot run after you. Also you will be able to
see what issues and solutions other students are having and might
benefit from that too. BeagleBoard.org - gsocchat

2. Weekly IRC meeting.

There will be a weekly IRC meeting with mandatory attendance for all
students and mentors every Wednesday at 1630 UTC

(for other time zones please do the math http://www.timebie.com/
The World Clock — Worldwide).

We do understand if you cannot attend the meetings for matters not
under your control, but please try to be there if you can and inform
us if you cannot attend.


3. Shipping of hardware

We want to send out boards as soon as possible to students. Please
stay on top of me every couple of days if you don’t have the needed
hardware. Duties may need to be paid, it cannot be avoided for you to
take on that responsibility when you receive your board,
unfortunately. I'll try to make it up to you later in the session

Please ensure your mentors have aligned with me on any additional
hardware needed for the project. I need to know what to ship and

4. GSoC timeline

We are now beginning the "Community Bonding" period, which means you
should make sure that you have all the information needed so that you
can start working on your project starting May 27th. Make sure you
have all the needed development environment set up and working. If you
have the appropriate BeagleBone for your project already, make sure
it's all up and running. Please check yourself that you are getting
your hardware and if it's late, please tell us immediately! if
anything is not clear, reach out to your mentor or to me so that we
can resolve all issues quickly.

Mentors, please meet as a mentor team on the IRC together for each
project during the bonding period. It is helpful during the bonding
period to review the milestones for the project as a mentor team for
the project and work out how each mentor would like to participate and
if there are any minor tweeks needed. Each project needs a primary
mentor. One role of the primary mentor is gather inputs from all
mentors on the project to write the first evaluation.

Mentors please set up a meeting with the student during the community
bonding period over the IRC.

5. Introductory videos

It is tradition for students to record both introductory and
completion videos (slides plus audio) to YouTube or Vimeo regarding
their projects. Expectation is for introductory videos to be completed
before coding starts and completion videos before the final

Example from one of previous year's students (Vaisnav):

6. that's all for now.

more to come in the next days/weeks, stay tuned !



Thank you for the warm welcome and support, I am really glad to be a part of this team again. It is a great opportunity to work under BeagleBoard.org


I have a couple more notes and links, since the e-mail was plain-text and removed some links.

Vaishnav M A’s IRC nick is vaishnav98_Pranav Kumar’s IRC nick is pranav_kumar
Denis Obrezkov’s IRC nick is embden

Pratim Ugale’s IRC nick is pratimugale

https://beagleboard.org/gsoc is slightly updated and points to the 2019 projects wiki page.

Students: please edit the project page to include your project.