I'm Siyuan Liu, a junior student from China who is interested in Hurd very much and would like to participate in GSoC 2016 and make contributions to the Hurd.
Personally, I enjoy operating system programming very much. When I was a sophomore, I wrote a toy operating system (i386/protected mode) to help myself better understand concepts and practices of operating systems. It was at that time that I found Hurd very interesting and was about to participate in the development of Hurd, but I was just too busy with my coursework to make a real step.
Now that I am a junior and want to participate in GSoC 2016, I'm looking toward to working on a real project and learning expertise from the most talented programmers. And immediately, Hurd comes to my mind.
After scanning through the "project ideas" page on the Hurd site, I find the "GNU Mach code cleanup" and "physical memory management" tasks attract me most. I would like to make GSoC proposals from these ideas and am looking forward to hearing some comments from you.
Last but not least, if time permits, I would like to make contributions to Hurd as well even if I'm not selected in GSoC :-)
The source code of my toy operating system is hosted on GitHub