Alright, I spent some time examining all the projects listed below and found my favorite projects. I decided to pay more attention to what I am interested in. Working on things I like makes it always easier for me to learn new skills. Also, I want the project to teach me some new skills instead of just asking me to reproduce stuff I already can do, but also have some parts in it I am familiar with in order to find a starting point. And after all, I checked if the project is mentored by a community I would like to engage with even after GSoC. So here we go:
On the top of the list: BeagleBoard. I think regarding my future university studies they match my interests best as I aim to listen to more lectures about embedded systems. The projects are challenging, but I have the basics to master them and will investigate their source code in the weeks to come. Both the PRU and the Serial Terminal Server sound interesting to me.
Next Scala. I am fluently with Java, but Scala is pretty new to me. I spent some days learning the basics and after all I think porting the JDK to Scala is a task which will have me learn a lot about both Java and Scala.
I wanted to choose only two projects as my favorites, but the project WorldBrain is bringing to life just sounds too cool to be ignored here. So, I just add a subtle note for later to maybe fork their project…