Sunday, March 29, 2009

Google Code Apply Today for Google Summer of Code!

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.

For those of you who would like to participate in the program, there are many resources available for you to learn more. Check out the information pages from the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 instances of the program to get a better sense of which projects have participated as mentoring organizations in Google Summer of Code each year. If you are interested in a particular mentoring organization, just click on its name and you'll find more information about the project, a summary of their students' work and actual source code produced by student participants. You may also find the program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for each year to be useful. Finally, check out all the great content and advice on participation produced by the community, for the community, on our program wiki.

If you don't find what you need in the documentation, you can always ask questions on our program discussion list or the program IRC channel, #gsoc on Freenode.

Students, how would you like to
(1) get real-world programming experience;
(2) work with fantastic Joomla! developers;
(3) help your favorite open-source software project (Joomla!, of course); and
(4) get paid for a fantastic summer job?
If so, then you should apply for Google Summer of Code project with Joomla!. Google is now accepting applications, but the deadline is this Friday -- only 3 days from now.

We have a great team of mentors (but we can still use more!) and a great list of project ideas. So now it's up to you students to create great proposals and get them submitted by Friday (noon Pacific Daylight Time, 19:00 UTC).

Here are some important links:

* Joomla GSoC 2009 Guidelines - all of the official information including student eligibiity
* Joomla! GSoC Google Group - newsgroup for discussing project proposals and other issues
* Joomla! GSoC Skype Chat - Skype chat for more immediate discussions
* 2009 Project Ideas Wiki - list of 30+ possible project ideas (feel free to add and edit!)
* Google Summer of Code 2009 Site -- Google's official site with lots of information about the program

Thanks, and good luck to you all.

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