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25 January 2011, 10:42

Google Summer of Code 2011 announced

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GSoC 2011 At this year's open source conference (lca2011) currently taking place in Brisbane, Google Open Source Programs Office (OSPO) member Carol Smith officially announced the company's seventh annual Google Summer of Code event.

Each year Google seeks students and mentors from the FLOSS community to take part in it's annual GSoC event, which takes place over a period of three months. The GSoC contests offer university students stipends to write and develop code for various open source projects.

According to a post on the Open Source at Google blog by Open Source Team member Stephanie Taylor, over the past 6 years, 4,500 students from more than 85 countries have completed the GSoC program. This year, Google will "extend the scope of the program this year by targeting a 25% increase in accepted student applications as well as accepting a larger number of mentoring organizations." Taylor added, "Our goal is to help these students pursue academic challenges over the summer break while they create and release open source code for the benefit of all."

Further information about the Google Summer of Code 2011 program can be found on the GSoC 2011 web page. A full overview of GSoC program statistics is provided on the Program Information for Past Years page.

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