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Google Summer of Code 2008 - students needed!

If you are a student *and* want to write open source code *and* make money, then GSOC 2008 could be for you.

In 2007 alone, Google Summer of Code brought together 900 students and nearly 1500 mentors across 90 countries to contribute to over 130 different open source software projects. We're looking for students to join us in making 2008 the best Summer of Code yet! We'll be offering successful student contributors a 4500 USD stipend, enabling them to focus on their coding projects for three months.

The Google Summer of Code program is designed to encourage student participation in open source development. Kicking off in 2005, the program has several goals:

  • Inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development
  • Provide students in Computer Science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer
  • Give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios (e.g., distributed development, software licensing questions, mailing-list etiquette, etc.)
  • Get more open source code created and released for the benefit of all
  • Help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers

Google will accept student applications from 24-31 March.

Full details on requirements for participating, including how to apply and more on the all-important t-shirt at http://code.google.com/soc/

You can find ideas proposed by OMII-UK projects here: http://www.omii.ac.uk/wiki/STAFFGoogleSummerOfCode

If you are interested in any of them, please get in touch with the mentors listed - likewise if you would like to propose an idea which is relevant to OMII-UK, please email info@omii.ac.uk to discuss it.

For a list of all participating organisations: http://code.google.com/soc/2008/

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