Posted by felipegaucho
on March 8, 2009 at 12:21 PM PDT
Google is calling for enrollment of students and open source organizations in its Summer of Code 2009 - don't miss that!
Few days ago I was prospecting collaborators to
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project when BjÃ¶rn Jensen - JUG
leader of Hamburg - called my attention to the
href='http://socghop.appspot.com/'>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='http://code.google.com/soc/'>program web page and check the
official information, but in essence it works like that:
- Organizations publish a list of ideas and pending features
of their open source projects. The companies also nominate mentors
to follow the students work.
- Students select one of those ideas to work on during the
- 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
organization 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
java.net as our best representative organization. The idea is simple:
Java.net projects would be
nominated by SUN/java.net 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 :)