Google Summer of Code
October 7th, 2007 By shazkhan

What is Google Summer of Code?

Google Summer of CodeTM is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google will be working with a 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 of our 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 of our 2005 students went on to become mentors in 2006.

6 Responses to " Google Summer of Code "
 
shazkhan
October 7th, 2007

Why did’nt I come accross this before? Can we make some good use of this? We are all now in teaching and we should encourage our students to take part in such activities. There are also other such programs. We should enlist them for better use.

 
recluze
October 9th, 2007

I don’t know of any such projects — except if you count sourceforge itself.

I’m taking a look at this stuff now to see what we can do with it.

 
shazkhan
October 12th, 2007

Yes, sourceforge is also a good place to engage students and ourselves too.

 
recluze
October 13th, 2007

I’ve seen the Google Summer of Code project and it’s much too complicated for our purposes. Not technically but administratively. You have to talk to organizations looking for developers and then you get a requirement spec and it goes on.

It’s not much trouble but having seen the academic environment of our institutions, I’d say it’s a near impossibility unless we have some sort of support from the admins of schools/univs. Which brings us back to the original issue of trying to stick together to create some sort of power stronghold.

Blah!

 
shazkhan
October 17th, 2007

A must read to feel the power of command line interface of linux: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/opensource/?p=119&tag=nl.e011

 
shazkhan
October 17th, 2007

This is a exploit creation framework which I will be looking at lately: http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tr/downloads/home/1597490059_chapter_12.pdf

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