I’d very much be part of GSoC again, in 2018. Although I like you volunteering for this, I wonder what benefits you see in not using the XSF umbrella.
That umbrella has served us well in past years, giving us the benefit of piggybacking on the good reputation that the XSF has build up with Google in the last 10-or-so years. On top of that, there’s an awful lot of GSoC experience and expertise in the XSF that we can tap into. Why not benefit from that?
If you’re interested in having more control over the process, I’m confident that the XSF would be happy to have you act as an organisation admin for the XSF - maybe that’d give you the best of both world?
As I’m in the Board of both the Ignite Realtime Foundation, as well as the XSF, I might be somewhat biased, but I’m also certain to be involved in one way or another in both efforts. From a personal point of view, keeping things in one organisation has my preference.