Google Summer of Code opportunity

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Feb 28 2008 - 21:36:20 CST

What coding projects do people have in mind, such that students could
make significant contributions in three months?

Google Summer of Codeā„¢

Google Summer of Code 2008 is on! Over the past three years, the
program has brought together over 1500 students and 2000 mentors from
90 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. We look forward to
welcoming more new contributors and projects this year. We'll begin
accepting applications from mentoring organizations on Monday, March
3, 2008, and student applications on Monday, March 24th.
Getting Involved

There's no reason to wait for the application period to start to get
involved, either in the Google Summer of Code community or in open
source development. Take a look at the program FAQs and Terms of
Service, then visit our 2005, 2006 and 2007 program pages for
inspiration. If you find you have a great idea to improve one of the
projects you see listed, why not start working on it now?

We'll also be hanging out in #gsoc on Freenode and on the program
discussion list. We'd love to see you there.

How does the program work?

Here are the steps:

   1. Open source projects who'd like to participate in Google Summer
of Code in 2008 should choose an organization administrator(s) to
represent them;
   2. Organization administrators will submit the project's
application for participation online;
   3. Google will notify the organization administrators of
acceptance, and an account for the organization will be created in the
Google Summer of Code web app;
   4. Students submit project proposals online to work with particular
mentoring organizations;
   5. Mentoring organizations rank student proposals and perform any
other due diligence on their potential mentees; student proposals are
matched with a mentor;
   6. Google allocates a particular number of student slots to each
   7. Students are notified of acceptance;
   8. Students begin learning more about their mentoring organization
and its community before coding work starts;
   9. Students begin coding work at the official start of the program,
provided they've interacted well with their community up until the
program start date;
  10. Mentors and students provide mid-term progress evaluations;
  11. Mentors provide a final evaluation of student progress at close
of program; students submit a final review of their mentor and the
  12. Student uploads completed code to

Edward Cherlin
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