I recently received confirmation from Symmetry that SAOC 2022 is a go!
SOAC is open to anyone over 18 who is interested in helping to strengthen the D ecosystem. Preference is given to undergraduate and postgraduate students, but anyone is welcome to apply.
Participants are paid a small stipend across three monthly milestones to work at least 20 hours per week on a project that's beneficial to the D ecosystem. Then, at the end of the fourth and final milestone, at least one participant is awarded with a final $1000 payment and a free trip to the next real-world DConf.
Given that we had no DConf in 2020 and 2021, one SAOC awardee each from the 2019 and 2020 editions, and two from the 2021 edition, are attending DConf '22. If you apply to SAOC 2022, then it could be you hanging out on a free trip to DConf '23.
Even if you don't receive the final award, SAOC opens doors to internships and jobs, as some of our past participants have learned. It also provides you with material to present at a future DConf: one of our DConf '22 speakers was a runner-up who wasn't awarded the free trip, but got a free trip anyway when her talk was accepted.
We're also looking for potential mentors. Applicants are encourage to seek out experienced D programmers to act as mentors prior to sending in their applications, but those who don't will still have some time to find one if they are accepted. If you are interested in mentoring a SAOC participant, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help match you up with someone if the need arises. Mentors receive a one-time payment of $500 at the end of the event.
For everyone else, please help us curate the projects repository. This is a list of D ecosystem project ideas in general, but can be a good source of ideas for SAOC applicants. Candidate SAOC projects should require at least 4 months of work at 20 hours per week, and should be tagged with the SAOC tag.
All of the details on everything I've mentioned here can be found at the SAOC 2022 page: