Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Google Summer of Code 2011: didn't pass as well

Yesterday Google announced accepted student proposals of Google Summer of Code. To be honest I had a hope to pass at least on one of my applications, but unfortunately I both of them were unsuccessful. What I don't like in such selections that I don't have any feedback to know what's wrong with my skills actually:)

What's is your opinion? Should you ask for feedback every time when you don't pass some interview/selection process etc? Please, share you thoughts in comments:)

And some stats. As someone wrote in GSoC IRC channel there were ~5.7 thousands of applications from ~ 3.2 thousands students. And as you probable now 1,116 students passed to coding phase. Not too large rivalry, I think - approximately only three people for one ticket. So I can make conclusion that either I haven't made good choice of projects that meet my qualification (I tried to get Python ones even I haven't too much experience on it), or my qualification weren't just enough to apply to global program of such level:) Well, no luck here and I should just move on.

BTW I discovered that my Microsoft Certification Pack voucher expired on June 30, 2011, so I should take any MS exam by that date in order not to loose my precious money:) Seeking advice from my friend I'll take ASP.NET exam most probably. So if I don't pass this exam, he will be responsible for that :) Just kidding :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

IBM Great Minds 2011: my failed attempt

That is nothing new already but I want you to know that I'm failed once more time:) This time it was Great Minds student internships 2011 at IBM Research – Zurich.

IBM Great Minds is a great opportunity for students who pursue the Master degree in computer science related fields. If your application is successful, you'll be able to try yourself as researcher in IBM research center with compensation adequate to living expenses.

Of course I haven't had big chances to pass their application process, but definitely it was worth a try. At that moment I was really unsure (and now I'm still a bit unsure) what way to choose  - to go in research or in software development. So I prepared required documents and asked vice-dean to sent them to IBM.

Well, I didn't pass:) I tried to apply to similar program at IBM Research – Haifa but I didn't pass there as well. As I said I had only vague hopes but anyway it was a little disappointment for me.

It is to be regretted that I haven't found out what exactly my weak qualifications made me not to pass applications. Of course such info is always helpful  as you can take it into account and use for self-improvement. Unfortunately they didn't provide me that information even after I'd asked them for that.

Anyway I'm optimistic about a lot of other great opportunities in the software development/computer science world:) Even if there are a bit less of them when you finish your master's:)

The one who searches will find, and for the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New commenting system on my blog: DISQUS

My previous post showed me that I need threaded commenting system on my blog:) So after a bit of research I chose DISQUS mainly because I saw it before on some other blogs.

So enjoy my new commenting system where you can reply to someone directly, like some comment, use your Twitter or Facebook account to log in and use other cool features :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Google Summer of Code 2011: don't miss it!

It is almost unbelievable that I haven't heard about this program before, especially taking into account that this is already seventh year when it takes place. So what is that actually?

In short it is a global program for students who would like to work on some interest open-source project, to get working experience and by the way to get money for that:) Yeah, Google pays $5000 to every successful participant. Not a big money actually for three months if you have more or less good job (I'm talking about Ukraine, of course), but as for me it is quite possible that I'd give up my work if I get a chance to work on a really interesting project.

Anyway if you are still student as of April 25, 2011 and you would like to become a part of something interesting don't miss your chance! The deadline for an application is April 8. Not too much time's left. Where to start? Read the Frequently Asked Questions page, check out the list of 175 mentoring organizations and their ideas lists and go ahead with your application!

Even at first sight I found few ideas that could be interesting for me. What's about you? Share your thoughts in the form of comments! :)