Google Summer Of Code 2007 is here!
For the past 3 years since 2005, Google has been supporting Open Source projects in the form of the Summer Of Code.
What is Google Summer of Code?=
Google Summer of Code is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google will be working with several open source, free software and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,000 students with over 100 open source projects, to create hundreds of thousands of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its third year, following on from a very successful 2006.
While the majority of past student participants were enrolled in university Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs, GSoCers come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds,from computational biology to mining engineering. Many past participants had never participated in an open-source project before GSoC;others used the GSoC stipend as an opportunity to concentrate fully on their existing open source coding activities over the summer.
Several 2005 students went on to become mentors in 2006.
Personally, I had a friend from MMU who successfully apllied and participated in SoC both in 2005 and 2006. Do take note that each successful completed project will be rewarded with a stipend of USD$4500.
Student Applications are open now and will be closing by March 24th. Please take note in this case Open Source covers everything from Linux, to Open Source Website Frameworks, Content Management Systems, Graphic software and lots others not mentioned here. So if you are interested, do take a look at http://code.google.com/soc/ as soon as possible.
Important timelines of the project can be seen at http://code.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=60325&topic=10729 .
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