2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Summer of Code, a competition that brings students and open source communities together through summer coding projects.
Each year the competition gathers ideas for contributions from a wide range of projects and foundations, and invites proposals from students for tackling them. As well as the experience of working on major projects with expert mentors, students are also paid a stipend of $5,500 for their effort.
With the date for accepting proposals only a few weeks away (10th-21st March), its time to get a move on!
Personally I think GSoC is an excellent opportunity for students to develop real-world development and project participation skills and make connections that will be useful after they graduate, and I’m always surprised how few students from the UK apply each year.
If you are a lecturer in a university, its a good time to raise awareness of the competition with your students. You can download a flyer here for example.
Time too tight? Well, after the Google Summer of Code, there is also the VALS Semester of Code in the Spring.