What is Google Summer of Code 2013?


The heat is on! And it’s getting hotter with Google Summer of Code 2013 around the corner: the time for coders to contribute towards an assortment of open source projects.


What is GSoC?

The Google Summer of Code is an innovative program dedicated to introducing students from colleges and universities around the world to open source software development. The program allows students to contribute towards various open source projects with the help of well reputed mentoring organizations for a three month time period. And, Google pays for it!


Why you should be in GSoC 2013?

What are the odds you getting paid $5,500 for three months being a student in Sri Lanka? Close to none? Well, if you’re lucky enough Google pays you that much for a completed project. Money is not the only motivation. You get the chance to work with world renowned organizations and experienced mentors: a once in a lifetime opportunity?

GSoC without doubt is a marvellous learning platform. You’ll not only sharpen your technical skills but acquire a rich network of people, helping to improve team player skills, leadership qualities and more.

What more? Participants get a really cool GSoC Tshirt too!

This indeed is a spring board to jump into the open source world. If you enjoy coding and feel passionate about building great software, GSoC is the right place for you.


Who’s eligible for GSoC?

Are you over 18? An undergraduate or a post graduate student? Have some programming experience at university level? Then, yes, you’re eligible and good enough! You don’t need to be a Computer Science or IT major. You just need to love coding!


How to apply for GSoC?

No magic! Just visit www.google-melange.com. Google announced GSoC on 11th of February. The mentoring organizations are submitting the applications from 18th of March. The finalized list of accepted mentoring organizations will appear on the GSoC website from 8th of April onwards.

Then comes your opportunity to grab. Students can discuss the ideas with the mentors and they can submit their project proposals from 22nd of April till 3rd of May.

The accepted project proposals will be announced by Google on 27th of May. Following which the initial payments roll out, and the time comes for the real coding till 27th of September for the goal of $5,500!

Last year’s GSoC results saw 88% of the projects being successfully completed, with Google budgeting $7.3 million getting 1,212 students, 2,221 organization admins, mentors and co-mentors, and 180 open source organizations participating.

Coders, It’s your time, grab that prize money to celebrate your next birthday in style!   


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  1. You need to correct two things

    1) Who is eligible for GSOC
    Google defines a student as an individual enrolled in or accepted into an accredited institution including (but not necessarily limited to) colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs and undergraduate programs. You are eligible to apply if you are enrolled in an accredited pre-university educational program provided you meet all of the other eligibility requirements.

    2) Payment
    Google will provide a stipend of 5500 USD per accepted student developer, of which 5000 USD goes to the student and 500 USD goes to the mentoring organization.

    Source .


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