Hello everyone! Applications for Google Summer of Code are due in just 13 hours! (1900 UTC)

I’ve been reviewing a lot of proposals and ideas. But if you’re waiting until the last minute (like I’m doing with this post), here are some random nuggets:

  • Original ideas are encouraged! We have a great ideas page but we’re not going to complain if you submit something else.
  • You don’t need to be a computer science student! We’ve had liberal arts majors and things turned out just fine.
  • Please demonstrate your abilities by making an attempt to contribute to WordPress core or by writing a plugin. Even though this may happen after applications have closed, it could help.
  • You can submit more than one proposal. This is good because we won’t accept two students for the same proposal. And because you might have two great ideas but aren’t sure which one aligns better with our interests. That’s okay — submit them!

Finally, here are four more ideas in case nothing else appeals to you. (I’ll make sure these make it onto the ideas page next year.) If you’re still hunting, see if any of these set off bells in your head: (yes, there are WordPress plugins for everything, but innovation and new approaches are good things)

  • Activity. Activity streams, action history, notifications. Imagine what a dashboard could look like for a busy, multi-author site, and how helpful it could be to see what’s truly going on “right now” — as well as what you missed.
  • Meetups. Local WordPress communities organize a lot of meetups. A set of tools for organizers and the local community could be really helpful. (These tools could include integration with meetup.com and wordpress.org profiles.)
  • Dependencies. Allow plugins and themes to be dependent of one another. A theme could require a plugin or example, and WordPress would handle installing that plugin when you install that theme. Similar idea: Compatibility metrics. (Or: Can we be sure it is safe to upgrade everything?)
  • Bug tracker. WordPress can be a great platform for developer tools. Why not a bug tracker? (Read the 2010 ideas page for more.)

Of course, there’s a lot of other great ideas on the 2013 page. If you haven’t looked recently, I added a few at the start of the application period, including some JavaScript-heavy stuff (editor modes, HTML5 application cache, TinyMCE views). Good luck!