GSoC 2010 is ON folks!!!!!!

The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2010 is here and alive folks! Just when everybody thought Google may not think about it, it’s finally there! This great news was put in the GSoC google groups discussion[1] and I actually regret the fact that I came to know about it 3 days after it was announced!

The timeline has not been fixed yet. The details are that from March 12 to 19, submission of applications from the mentoring organisations will be from March 8th till 12th and the submission of application from the students will be from March 29 till April 9th. The details can be got from the discussion in [1] as also from their blog [2]. But the most important thing is to visit the GSoC website [3], which at the time of writing this post has not been updated so far, but soon will.

I can’t tell how excited I am knowing that finally 2010 will see another edition of this great Open Source venture. I’m so thankful of Google to promote open source, as this is one of the best ways to do so. For those who are unaware about this, GSoC is a venture from Google where they sponsor open source development. Here Google will help in the development of many open source projects by providing a platform where mentors and students can contribute. Google will select a list of mentors who they feel are eligible of mentoring a good open source project, and then the students will start applying for the projects by talking to the mentors. Once selected, the students will engage in developing whatever so in a span of 3 months, and once completed Google will acknowledge them with great goodies. Only current students above 18 can participate in GSoC. For those who are not, they can help by being a mentor!

The best part about GSoC is the amount of fun one can gather by being part of this. The projects need not be from Google, anything that is open source is good for Google. So this a perfect opportunity for those who have not yet joined the wagon of open source. And I’m sure doing all I can to jump on to the wagon!

Adios amigo and hope to see you in GSoC!

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