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24 April 2012, 12:56

Google Summer of Code 2012: accepted students announced

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GSoC logo Google has published the list of accepted students who will be able to participate in this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) event. According to Carol Smith from Google's Open Source Programs Office, a total of 1,212 students have been accepted for the annual event, compared to 1,116 last year and just 1,025 in 2010.

Each of these students has been paired up with one of 180 open source organisations and will now take part in the Community Bonding Period, during which they will get to know their mentors, read the required documentation and familiarise themselves with their projects. The students will begin coding for their projects on 21 May.

KDE logo Overall, student demand to participate in GSoC is very high this year. The KDE project, one of accepted mentoring organisations, received more than 200 proposals from students, of which 192 were considered valid and could have been accepted. However, Google only allocated the project a total of 60 student slots. Because of this the mentors at KDE decided to start what they refer to as a "similar scheme" to GSoC called "Season of KDE".

The new community outreach program is hosted by the KDE Community and is aimed at those students who could not get into GSoC 2012, though its organisers note that everyone can apply. While KDE will not be offering financial stipends like Google, participants who complete their projects will receive "a T-shirt, a certificate, and maybe a few other goodies". The application deadline for Season of KDE is 7 May 2012 at 19:00 UTC.

Further information about the 2012 Google Summer of Code programme, including a full list of accepted students, can be found on the GSoC 2012 web site. An overview of GSoC program statistics from previous years is provided on the Program Information for Past Years page.

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