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Google Summer of Code 2009

Posted by felipegaucho on March 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM PDT

Few days ago I was prospecting collaborators to href=''>my open source
project when Björn Jensen - JUG
leader of Hamburg
- called my attention to the href=''>Google Summer of Code 2009 .
After a brief reading of the program rules, my teacher vein started to
pulse - yes, that's exactly what I was looking for.

How it works?

I strongly suggest you to visit the href=''>program web page and check the
official information, but in essence it works like that:

  1. Organizations publish a list of ideas and pending features
    of their open source projects. The companies also nominate mentors
    to follow the students work.
  2. Students select one of those ideas to work on during the
    summer 2009
  3. After the completion of the work, the mentor checks the
    quality of the work and - if the code is approved - the student
    receives some money.

The most important feature is the promotion of a learning
environment based on real world requirements, a fantastic and natural
idea for everyone committed with the education of the new generation
of computing professionals.

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Reading the program documentation and asking the program
organizers, I've soon realized the role of open source
as an important criterion for the selection of the
participating organizations. It is hard for Google to check the quality
of the mentoring provided by individuals or projects without much
visibility. The natural selection of the applying organizations points
to the big players of the open source community.

Discussing that issue with other JUG leaders, we quickly target as our best representative organization. The idea is simple: projects would be
nominated by SUN/ to participate in the Google Summer of Code.

It is just an open suggestion but the first feedback from SUN was
quite positive. Important disclaimer: I do not represent SUN, it is just
a personal wish to see that idea implemented in the next few years.

Congratulations Google !

What else can I say, I am following the mailing list of the
program since last week and I have only claps for the Google initiative.
Other positive point is the professionalism demonstrated by the managers
of the program and the excitement around the open possibilities - a lot
of young students eager for a chance, and a set of companies looking for
the clever minds ...

Don't miss that :)

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I think that we're too late to get involved at a whole site level this year - there is too much to get in motion this late in the game. Having said that, I absolutely support and encourage any individual project owners or JUGs who want to get involved and apply to be a sponsor. I've put it on my calendar to start looking at this earlier in the year next year. I think at least we can promote the opportunity and provide a clearinghouse of information for projects who want to participate. If someone wants to take on a leadership role in the community to actually coordinate the mentors I can work with them to make this happen at the site level.