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Google's Summer of Code
Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 12:34 PM EDT

Google has a program for students, to "help students enter into the world of Open Source software development." They call it "The Summer of Code":

Announcing The Summer of Code - 31/May/2005

We're very excited to launch our newest initiative, the Summer of Code. This program aims to help students enter into the world of Open Source software development. This Summer, allow Google to help you hone your skills on real problems with real programmers. Return to school with some real experience under your belt and some cash in your wallet. By working with some of the most important organizations and foundations in Open Source we think we've put together a program that benefits Open Source, students and computer science. Read more about it and consider taking part!

The "cash in your wallet" part refers to Google's offer to pay $4500 to any student who "successfully completes an open source project by the end of the Summer".

More info in the FAQ. Or, you can be a mentoring organization. How does that work?

Google has teamed up with a number of Open Source related organizations who have agreed to help with the Summer of Code. An applicant applies to work on a project for a given organization. That organization has a designated contact who can approve of the application, monitor the student's progress and sign off that the applicant has completed their work as described in the application.

Organizations already on the list include Ubuntu, the Wine Project, Mono, the Gnome Foundation, the Subversion Project, the Perl Foundation, the Python Software Foundation, and the Apache Software Foundation, some of which have posted ideas students can adopt to work on, if the student has no ideas of his or her own for a project. Or, you can come up with an idea for Google. The deadline to submit a project is June 14.


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Corrections here please....
Authored by: tiger99 on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 12:47 PM EDT
If needed.

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OT here please.....
Authored by: tiger99 on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 12:51 PM EDT
Please remember to make links clickable where possible.

And I will start by reminding everyone about the SCO conference call at 5pm.

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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 12:52 PM EDT
KDE is missing... yet. If you are a student and want to
work on KDE in the summer, don't worry, we are
participating in Google's program. We are currently
compiling our list of suggested KDE-related summer
projects. It will contain some really cool projects...

Of course, the program is not restricted the projects
suggested by the participating groups. Everyone can come
up with his/her own suggestion!

Reinhold (KOrganizer lead developer)

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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 01:32 PM EDT
It's funny a google of "Summer of Code" doesn't even turn up a link to
their own page.


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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: surak on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 01:44 PM EDT
What? Why would they do this? So Google can use these students as
'subcontractors'? ;)


"Falsehood is invariably the child of fear in one form or another." -- Aleister

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$9.40 an hour
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 01:44 PM EDT
you're better of working at a supermarket for the summer.

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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: Nick_UK on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 01:51 PM EDT
"Successfully completes an open source project..." and
'free as in beer' + student makes the mind boggle what
projects will be at the forefront.

Nick ;-)

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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 03:07 PM EDT
With very brief look, I couldn't find any contract like information on this
'contest'. But I'm sure it works like this. Any project or idea proabably
becomes property of Google. So, if say 1000 students complete their assignment,
Google dished out $4,500,000. Chump change for them. But with 1000 complete
entries, your bound to get one or two that turn into a new truely inovative
idea. An idea now owned by Google. Google then takes the idea refines it into
a muli-million dollar product.

What a great idea. Pay a 1/2 million to get an idea of a student because he
wasn't prepared enough to know the cash cow he was sitting on. If that student
made his way into the working force first with his idea he may have matured
enough to market it for him(or her)self, and collect on the reward.

There's always something in it for the bigger guy.

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Google's Summer of Code - Practical learning experience.
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 04:04 PM EDT
This is a two way benefit. Students not only have the opportunity to see and
apply the theory, but also will have a better understanding of future classes.
The added little incentive is a benefit for those that put forth the extra

Those who are presenting this program as exploitation of the inexperienced,
should realize that this is a common practice in which many types of businesses
participate through internships or whatever the programs are labeled. Bagging
groceries will not provide a higher learning experience, although an industrious
student would benefit by doing both.

Hopefully this will lead to more opportunities and better code in the future. I
would like to see other projects offer similar programs.

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Google's Summer of Code
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 05:02 PM EDT
Tis me again, the original poster. The only reason for the 'Anonymous' is that
I'm too lazy to search through my email to find my existing user name and then
go through the hassle of retriving my password as I'm sure I've forgotten it. I
haven't posted here in over a year.

I don't know what you expect me to achieve from Googling "open
source". I know what open source is, and I support it. But your tone
comes across very mean spirited. What did I do to deserve such a reply? All I
did was offer an option of my perspective.

"What part of "Open Source" don't you understand? "
Very arrogant want to put it. But I'm sure there's lots. Open source isn't so
objective that any one person can understand everything there is to know.

Yes! I am cynical. But if you knew more, really just more sarcastic. But you
do seem to have some understanding that yeah, if M$ did this, they'd find a way
to own your work, and your dog. So there could be a way for Google to own

For everyone,
I didn't post this to be mean or negative. Just offered my first look
impression. It makes me sad to have people reply in a belittling way. If you
don't like my _opinion_, there are much more tasteful ways to reply, or don't
reply at all.

Ok, so let me try to clear things up a hair and offer more insight to what I was
thinking. I've seen people come to my company, offer a new technology. Company
builds a product, makes millions. And the inventor gets some credit, a better
raise, maybe even a bonus. A slap on the back too. But that's about it. I
have ideas in my field of radar that I feel are pattenable. But I have a no
compete contract with my company. I can not go outside of here, patten it and
work on it. I'd be a tough sell to the courts that I didn't think of the idea
while at work as I knew nothing about radar before I came here. My company owns
my idea.

_Maybe_, and again, I didn't read the fine print (Part of being cynical is that
I don't have to know all the facts), but maybe part of working on this gives
development or something other rights to Google. I don't know. But say some
student developes the next best serverless peer to peer network. Maybe the
project goes open source, but Google in the mean time claims a patten on the
protocol for the network. So, in end, I was just speculating that there _could_
be a way that Google could claim ownership to the idea because the student
submitted the project to them. Just like my company owns any of my ideas on


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This looks worth supporting
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 04:26 AM EDT
OK, I'm speaking as a potential mentor (from Apache).

We've put forward some ideas we'd like to see implemented, but haven't (yet)
found the resources for. So we benefit if they get done.

For students, this is a chance to make your name in a relevant field, and get
paid for it.

For google - well, I can only speculate, but it looks like a way of recruiting
some bright grads!

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Lower age limit of 18 ???
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, June 03 2005 @ 03:50 PM EDT
My 15-year-old son has developed a few coding skills in the last several years
and intends to develop and use those skills to make a living. Thus, I am quite
disappointed to read the FAQ for the "Summer of Code" and find out
that the minimum age is 18 -- after I already urged my son to apply! This is
quite unexpected and I must say it is disappointing.

As a lot of people these days start programming while in their early teens, I am
quite confident that I am not alone in these feelings of disappointment.

Theodore Kilgore

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