Student applications for Google Summer of Code are opening March 29.
Google Summer of Codeâ€Šâ€”â€Šyes, bad name for anyone in the southern hemisphere, but you are allowed to apply!â€Šâ€”â€Šis a project sponsoring Open Source development by students (largely university students, students who won’t be 18 by April 26 can’t apply) over the northern summer period. Google pays a stipend for students to work on a contribution to a project over summer. Open Source projects are selected as mentoring organisations, students apply by submitting a project proposal to a project, and some of those proposals are accepted. Applications close April 9.
So I thought I’d do a post in the spirit of Skud’s GF classifieds. If you are a mentor or part of a mentoring organisation for Google SoC and you’d like to bring your project to the attention of readers here, please post a description in comments at any time before April 9. The more you can say the better:
- Do you have link to a list of ideas for projects?
- Can applicants make contact with you or your mentors in order to discuss their application before submitting?
- Are previous years’ students available to discuss their experiences?
- What kind of skills are you looking for?
Of course, if your project has made a commitment to diversity in some way, then feel free to tell us about that.
Students who are interested in applying: this is a big process, don’t wait for the official opening to get to work on researching and talking to mentoring organisations, as there are only two weeks between the open and close of applications. Here’s some starting points:
- have a look over the FAQs.
- read over the SoC posts at the Google Open Source blog;
- start looking over the list of mentoring organisations who will run projects and get in touch if you’re interested; and
- watch out for applications opening on March 29.
Note: obviously Google SoC projects accept applications from people of any gender. The reason for this post is to level the playing field at the awareness level. By posting here, what you’re doing is hopefully increasing the visibility of your project among interested women, rather than excluding anyone else from applying.