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30 March 2010, 12:27

Google Summer of Code 2010: Student application deadline announced

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GSOC Logo Google has announced that the deadline for student applications for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) event is Friday, the 9th of April at 19:00 GMT. Each year Google seeks students and mentors from the FLOSS community to take part in it's annual GSoC event, which takes place over the period of three months.

The GSoC contests offer stipends to university students to write and develop code for various open source projects. Student developers accepted for the sixth GSoC can chose from more than 150 free and open source software projects and will receive a total of $5,000 from Google for participation in the program (mentoring organisations receive $500). Those interested in applying must be full or part-time students and over 18 years of age by the 26th of April, 2010

Over the last five years, Google has successfully paired up over 3,400 students with more than 3,000 mentors from over 200 open source organisations. Last year, for example, over 85% of the 1,000 student participants passed their final evaluations. In total, more than 8 million lines of source code have been written and over $20 million in funding has been distributed towards open source development. Overall, the students have worked to improve the code bases of hundreds projects, ranging from Wikimedia to Eclipse and openSUSE.

More details about the Google Summer of Code 2010 program can be found on the GSoC 2010 site. A final list of accepted students will be posted on the GSoC 2010 site on the 26th of April.

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