Changes to 2021 GSoC program

Dear All,

TL;DR: It is expected for the projects to be shorter, but more spread
over the summer.

Google recently announced major changes into their program for the
next year. Here is the excerpt:

1. Smaller project size - all students participating in the 2021
program will be working on a 175 hour project (instead of a 350 hr
project). This change will also result in a few other changes
including the student stipend being cut in half.
2. Shortened coding period - the coding period will be 10 weeks with a
lot more flexibility for the mentor and student to decide together how
they want to spread the work out over the summer.
3. 2 evaluations (instead of 3) - There will be an evaluation after 5
weeks and the final evaluation will take place after the 10th week.
The students are NO longer required to complete their first
evaluation, so if a student doesn’t complete the first evaluation they
will not automatically be removed from the program. They are still
required to complete the final evaluation.
4. Students are no longer strongly encouraged to focus only on GSoC
over their summer. Hence 2x shorter projects.

And please start thinking about possible topics and scope GSoC 2021 projects :slight_smile: