[isf-wifidog] summer of code request
mlenczner at gmail.com
Mar 13 Mar 16:54:20 EDT 2007
I sent the new version to two contacts at google. One is in charge of
mobile/location apps at their Mountain View wireless mesh. The other
is a friend of a friend and works directly on the SoC team.
On 3/13/07, Max Horváth <max.horvath at freenet.de> wrote:
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> Unfortunately this version of the application couldn't been sent to
> Google as the deadline was already reached before I received this
> version :( ...
> Anyway ... I still hope we'll make it with my rushed version ...
> (even though I'm not too optimistic) ...
> Cheers, Max!
> On 12.03.2007, at 22:04, Michael Lenczner wrote:
> > This is *not* the final version of the application that went in. Max
> > has that. This has a lot of others stuff that Jake and I were
> > working on. But I thought it would be a good idea to send this here
> > just in case someone wanted to copy-paste stuff from it in the future.
> > It's not perfect - kinda rushed. But it's not bad. And we weren't
> > joking about Bubba.
> > ----------------------
> > Google Summer of Code Application
> > 1. Describe your organization.
> > The Wifidog project is a complete and embeddable captive portal
> > solution for communities and for businesses. It allows for low-cost
> > deployment and light maintenance of a network of WiFi hotspots. It
> > has been built as to allow for location-based content aggregation and
> > managment (managing RSS feeds, Flicker intergration, etc.). The
> > Wifidog project was started by the Montreal community wireless
> > organization Ile Sans Fil (Wireless Island) with the goal of creating
> > a free wireless infrastructure that supported vibrant and engaged
> > public spaces.
> > Ile Sans Fil is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development
> > of a free communication infrastructure to strengthen local communities
> > in the greater Montreal region. Ile Sans Fil is both a technical
> > development project and a grassroots community group, involving
> > professionals and students from diverse fields. The vision of the
> > group is to use new technology, in particular wireless technology, to
> > empower individuals and to foster a sense of community. We currently
> > operated 110 hotspots in the Montreal area and service over 700 users
> > each day. Over 33,000 users have opened accounts on our system, an
> > amount that grows by 1500 users per month.
> > The Wifidog project has been adopted by over 30 communities across 4
> > continents. It is used by groups ranging in needs from NYCWireless
> > CWN to cover urban parks to government projects in rural areas of the
> > Philippines to commercial ISP's in West Africa (Cotonou, Bénin).
> > Articles about Wifidog have appeared in Linux Journal:
> > http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8352 and O3: Open Source
> > Enterprise Data Networking -
> > http://www.o3magazine.com/pastissues/issue1/
> > 2. Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2007? What
> > do you hope to gain by participating?
> > The reason that we are applying to participate in GSoC 2007 is that we
> > are determined through Wifidog, to realize the potential for using
> > wireless technology to make public spaces richer and more convivial.
> > Specifically, speaking as Ile Sans Fil, an unfunded, grassroots
> > organization, we have come a long way in achieving those goals. But
> > there are still many features that we need to implement for our
> > infrastructure to have the impact that we want it to have on our city.
> > GSoC is an opportunity for us to have a productive summer advancing
> > towards our goals. And because Wifidog has grown in popularity
> > internationally over the last 3 years, those added features will be
> > used by communities and business around the world.
> > GSoC is especially attractive to us because so much thought and
> > discussion has already gone in to our architecture and roadmap. All
> > this hard work means that we can more easily benefit from the input of
> > a new developer.
> > 3. Did your organization participate in GSoC 2005 or 2006? If so,
> > please summarize your involvement and the successes and failures of
> > your student projects.
> > No.
> > 4. If your organization has not previously participated in GSoC, have
> > you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?
> > We have never applied.
> > 5. Who will your organization administrator be? Please include Google
> > Account information.
> > Max Horváth
> > 6. What license does your project use?
> > The Wifidog gateway and authentication server are both licensed under
> > the GPL v2.
> > 7. What is the URL for your ideas page?
> > There is not a single idea page. Instead we use roadmaps and tickets.
> > At the moment we would encourage projects ideas based on the following
> > resources:
> > Implement auth server XML RPC API: http://dev.wifidog.org/ticket/272
> > Implement OpenID: http://dev.wifidog.org/wiki/doc/developer/OpenID
> > Implement new user permission architecture:
> > http://dev.wifidog.org/wiki/doc/developer/UserRolesArchitecture
> > Implement User Profiles: http://dev.wifidog.org/wiki/doc/developer/
> > UserProfiles
> > In the unlikely circumstance that all these things will be completed
> > before the end of the internship, there are many "social software"
> > aspects of Wifidog (such as social chatting, being able to search for
> > friends within the network based on their current locations, etc.)
> > that remain to be explored.
> > 8. What is the main development mailing list for your organization?
> > wifidog at listes.ilesansfil.org
> > 9. What is the main IRC channel for your organization?
> > #wifidog at irc.freenode.org
> > 10. Does your organization have an application template you would like
> > to see students use? If so, please provide it now.
> > We would encourage each participating student to send us their CV as
> > well as a cover letter which addresses their project idea.
> > 11. Who will be your backup organization administrator? Please include
> > Google Account information.
> > Michael Lenczner - mlenczner at gmail.com
> > 12. Who will your mentors be? Please include Google Account
> > Information.
> > Max Horváth, max.horvath at freenet.de
> > Michael Lenczner, mlenczner at gmail.com - Ile Sans Fil
> > François Proulx, fproulx at edito.qc.ca
> > 13. What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors?
> > Please be as specific as possible.
> > Max Horváth and Francois Proulx are two of the head developers of the
> > Wifidog authentication server. François Proulx is also the current
> > head of R+D for Ile Sans Fil
> > Michael Lenczner is the co-founder of Ile Sans Fil and is involved in
> > interface designer of WifiDog auth server.
> > 14. What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?
> > Wifidog is a healthy, international open source project. We have no
> > culture of drama or flamewars and we will ensure that it remains a
> > fun, helpful and straightforward environment for less experienced
> > developers. In addition, all three mentors are all available in their
> > local cities (Montreal, Berlin and Boston ) to meet weekly with
> > students from the local geographic area.
> > 15. What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?
> > Max Horváth, Michael Lenczner and François Proulx have each been
> > working with the Wifidog project for over 2 years.
> > 16. What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with
> > your project's community before, during and after the program?
> > The Wifidog project encourages collaboration via Trac, IRC, and a
> > developer's mailing list. As an international open source project,
> > maintaining a clear communicative channel is essential. We will
> > encourage our student participants to actively participate via all of
> > these channels; to take advantage of the resources provided by his or
> > her mentor, as well as the Wifidog community at large.
> > We do not adhere to a strict software development methodology,
> > however, we do place great value on community and one-to-one peer
> > review. We expect the student participant and mentor to meet weekly
> > (either online or in person) in order to assess project status, as
> > well as set goals and benchmarks for further development. In this way,
> > development goals will remain on track, and the student will be
> > integrated into our community.
> > When the project is complete, the student will have the opportunity to
> > continue to contribute to the project using the skills, resources, and
> > particular knowledge regarding the Wifidog project that the GSoC
> > experience has provided.
> > 17. What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with
> > the project after GSoC concludes?
> > We believe that the best way to encourage student participants to
> > continue contributing to Wifidog is to ensure that they have had a fun
> > and productive experience working with us over the summer. In order to
> > do this, we will, simply put, help them to succeed at the the goals
> > which they set, by encouraging a steady dialog between mentors and
> > student developers. If that doesn't work, however, we have the phone
> > number of a guy named Bubba.
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