Summer of Code
Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 6:07PM
Kofi Carter in Google Summer of Code

image credit: Rodrigo Paoletti/FlickrEvery summer Google hosts an event called "Google Summer of Code". It is a chance for student developers to get experience in writing code for open source projects and get paid for doing it. Google describes it as the following:

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 2500 successful student participants and 2500 mentors from 98 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

 

 

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