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12 February 2013, 11:18

Google Summer of Code 2013 announced

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GSoC graphic The annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is now preparing for the 2013 cycle of the program which sees Google offer student developers stipends to write code for a wide range of open source projects. Google is assisted by a number of mentoring organisations around the world who help the students achieve their goal of completing enhancements and improvements to open source projects. This will be the ninth year that GSoC has run; over the past eight years, six thousand students have completed the program.

At this point, Google is specifically wanting to ensure that organisations are ready to submit applications over the 11 day window between 18 March and 29 March. Google will then review those organisations and by 8 April release a list of those approved. The emphasis then moves to the students, who have from 9 April to 21 April to discuss projects they could take on for GSoC with the mentoring organisations. From 22 April to 3 May, students can then apply to GSoC to take on those projects. By the end of May, the accepted proposals will be published and on 17 June, the actual summer of coding begins. It will draw to a close in September, with final results of the program announced in October. The detailed timeline provides more information.

Last year's GSoC results saw 88% of the projects successfully completed with Google budgeting $7.3 million and getting 1,212 students, 2,221 organisation admins, mentors and co-mentors, and 180 open source organisations participating. Some projects are still in the process of releasing the complete code from GSoC 2012; for example DigiKam just released a version with only GSoC enhancements added.


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