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Another year, another summer approaching (at least in the northern hemisphere), and the good news that everyone has was waiting to hear is that Google officially announced that Google Summer of Code will be happening once again in 2012. Great job again Google! :-)
Having really enjoyed our experience as a successful mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2009, Google Summer of Code 2010 and Google Summer of Code 2011, The Honeynet Project is very pleased to announce that we have once again been accepted as a mentoring organization for GSoC 2012 (note the changed URL for the official GSoC 2012 site).
The first GSoC 2012 deadline was Friday March 9th, which was the deadline for interested mentoring organizations to submit their org application, then March 16th, when Google officially announced which lucky organizations were selected to participate in GSoC 2012. You can read more about GSoC 2012 in the offical GSoC FAQ.
Potential GSoC students and other interested parties could find our list of project ideas. As in previous years, this list of proposed project ideas is not definitive, and we were/are also open to receiving and mentoring interesting and novel project ideas from students too. For the first time this year we also hope to post a public survey to allow any to suggest project ideas too. So if there is a research topic you are interested in working on this summer, please suggest it, or get in touch to discuss it further. To avoid disappointment and missed deadlines, if you are applying to GSoC this year, please make sure you submit your student application well in advance and don't leave it to the last minute!
You can find our GSoC ideas page and list of 15 accepted GSoC 2012 student projects here:
If you want to get an idea of the kind of projects ideas we proposed and the accepted projects we ran during GSoC 2009-2011, you can view these here:
To get a feel for how previous successful GSoC student projects are advancing our knowledge and capabilities and generating benefits in the read world, see:
You can also find a copy of a recent presentation by our Chief Research Officer David Watson on our achievements during GSoC 2009 and GSoC 2010 here, which hopefully provides a good introduction to the Honeynet Project and our collective activities in recent GSoCs. You can also read/watch David's presentation at our last public workshop in Paris from March 2011.
If you have any questions, please drop by in our new #gsoc2012-honeynet IRC channel on irc.freenode.net and say "hi" (note you may need to idle there for a while before you get an answer to a specific question, as our members do have to sleep and come from timezones all over the world, so please be patient while we focus on geting our org application ready for the application deadline).
You can also find out about our recent Honeynet Project Annual Workshop 2012, which was held in Palo Alto, California on March 19th. Many of our members, mentors, org admins and previous GSoC students attend, and we hope to be able to meet at least a few potential students there and discuss ideas with you.
We still have our public mailing list for interested prospective GSoC students to get in touch and discuss project ideas for GSoC with the Honeynet Project - see https://public.honeynet.org/mailman/listinfo/gsoc for details. Please sign up if you have any questions about getting involved with the Honeynet Project in GSoC 2012.
Our GSoC 2012 organisational administrators are:
So with East Coast/West Coast US, Europe and Australia covered we can hopefully offer students and mentors round the clock support again this year!
GSoC is not the only way you can become involved in the with honeynet technologies and open source software - check out our current or historic series of forensic challenges. Or learn more about the practical, real world application of honeynet technology in our popular series of "Know Your Enemy" whitepapers, which now include projects and tools output from previous GSoCs students or mentors such as PicViz, Glastopf, Qebek or Conficker.