Google Summer Of Code 2014 is its tenth consecutive year of matching up students who want real world coding experience with open source organizations who can make use of their enthusiasm. To mark this milestone 10% more students will be accepted into the program this year.
Google Summer Of Code's tag line is
"Flip bits not burgers"
and students receive a stipend from Google for their participation. To celebrate its 10th year the amount paid to students who successfully complete the program is increasing by 10% to $5,500USD.
The scheme a great opportunity both for students who are considering a career in software engineering and for open source organisations who are willing to provide mentoring.
The goals of the program are listed on the Google Summer of Code 2014 Frequently Asked Questions:
Create and release open source code for the benefit of all
Inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development
Help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers
Provide students the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits (think "flip bits, not burgers")
Give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios (e.g., distributed development, software licensing questions, mailing-list etiquette)
The program takes place over the summer university break period and is open to enrolled university students and those who will start university later in the year, who are aged 18 and over.
As a global online program participants, students and mentoring organizations can be accepted from countries apart from Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea and Myanmar (Burma). Also those in Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and Ukraine, who can participate in the program, won't receive t-shirts or other promotional items.
The number of mentoring organizations for 2014 is greater than ever before with a total of 190. Over 2000 students will be selected to partner with these open source projects and many students contemplating participation are probably already in contact with some of them. However it isn't too late to apply by choosing an organisation that matches your interests and submitting a proposal.
In a recent post to the Google Open Source Blogspot, Mary Radomile writes:
Something we often hear from prospective students is that they don’t think they are “good enough” to be accepted as a GSoC student so they are leery of applying. We stress that the program is about hard work, dedication, and an interest in learning more about open source software development. You don’t have to be the most amazing coder the world has ever seen, but you do need to be hardworking and excited about the organization and project you are working on to be truly successful.
Student proposals can be submitted from today until March 21st and as this video about the student application process makes clear that's a firm deadline: