15th July 2016

Apply to Porto Summer of Code: alone or in a team!

TL;DR:

We are simplifying the rules to apply to Porto Summer of Code 2016:

  1. You can apply alone or in a team of up to 4 elements;
  2. You can apply without a specific project, and you have until the end of the first day (September 9th) to fill out your project description;
  3. See you in September!

Long story:

At Porto Summer of Code we love to encourage teamwork and problem solving. That’s one of the reasons why in the two previous editions we enforced that all participants should take part in a team of 2 to 4 elements. However, we are simplifying this year’s registration process.

In 2014 and 2015, the competition was open to students only. Students are a very particular group of people whose schedule and lifestyle is very similar. Forming a team of students is not very difficult, as vacations and other time constraints are usually easily predictable.

This year, however, we are opening the competition to everyone. With that change, we felt we should loosen up the rules and give more people the chance to participate. We are happy to welcome a more diverse group of developers, and we are willing to change some rules in order to do so:

  • Giving the possibility to apply alone means that people who are willing to develop a project by themselves can participate without the need to form a team. They are still allowed to form a team with other participants in the beginning of the competition, if the opportunity presents itself;
  • Giving the possibility to apply without a specific project is meant to reduce the amount of preparation for the event. That way, participants with jobs and less time to plan ahead won’t need to come up with a full-fledged project beforehand.

Giving the possibility to apply alone means that people who are willing to develop a project by themselves can participate without the need to form a team. They are still allowed to form a team with other participants in the beginning of the competition, if the opportunity presents itself;

Giving the possibility to apply without a specific project is meant to reduce the amount of preparation for the event. That way, participants with jobs and less time to plan ahead won’t need to come up with a full-fledged project beforehand.

We still love brainstormings, dividing the workload, and building solutions together with our friends. Nonetheless, we feel that these changes will work in everyone’s favor, and no one will find a reason to be left out of the party!

So, are you a one-man show, or are you in a band? Either way, come and join us at Porto Summer of Code.

See you in September!

The Porto Summer of Code team.

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