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SoC Application Notes

Thanks for considering the Nmap project! We hope you join us! But be aware that the competition is fierce. Here are some tips (inspired by the Drupal list) to improve your odds in the application. While these are written for the Nmap project, they are general enough to apply to all SoC applications.

Sell your idea. Describe your idea in detail. What is its ultimate goal? What components will it have? What benefits does it have for Nmap and its community? How do you plan to achieve completion of your project? If a specification already exists, what will you do that will go above and beyond expectations?

Sell yourself. Get across your enthusiasm for the project. Tell us what makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Talk about your past experiences, what makes you tick. Why are you interested in open source software, and Nmap in particular? What interests do you have, and how do these interests relate to the project for which you're applying?

Get feedback on your idea from the community. You can discuss your idea on the Nmap-dev list. Don't be afraid to ask the community for help; we want you to succeed just as much as you do!

Don't over-commit yourself. Working on your Nmap project should be your primary activity from May 19 through August 18. If you already have a full time job, full time class schedule, or a long (3 weeks or more) vacation planned for that timeframe, you probably won't have time to participate in Nmap SoC.

Write your proposal carefully. English skills matter for most of our projects, as you will need to write documentation for your code. This proposal is a chance to show off your clear and concise writing skills. You don't need to be a literary genius, and many (perhaps most) of our previous winners aren't native English speakers. But do try to spell-check your application and review it a few times for readability before hitting the "submit" button.

Application Instructions

Google is accepting applications from March 10 through March 21 (see timeline).

Read our ideas page and general Nmap SoC requirements. Subscribe to the Nmap SoC and nmap-dev mailing lists; SoC is for SoC program discussion and nmap-dev is for project ideas.

Applications can be submitted using the orange “Log in” button (under “Students” not “Mentors and Administrators”) on the Google SoC 2014 Homepage.

Good luck!

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