May 31, 2005

Summer of Code Launches.

Well, that's something :-) We just launched the Summer of Code, a new program aimed at students, on Google Code, and I'm pretty happy with how it's starting out. Check it out and, if you are a student, you should consider taking part! Lots of terrific people in Open Source are helping us out with this, so it is our hope that this will be pretty successful.

18 comments:

_victor said...

This is fantastic! You guys at Google totally rock...

What impresses me is that you're willing to just give and give, essentially for the good of mankind in general. Gee, what a concept! I'm very excited to see what comes of this. Now if we could only do something about education in general in this country...

Too bad a dilettante such as myself with practically no math or programming skills (I'm a hack) wouldn't be useful at Mtn. View, CA. Because I'm totally jealous of your culture man.

Unless of course y'all need a smart-alek world-class educator.

Tristan said...

Just want to say thanks on behalf of college students everywhere for the opportunity to get support for the ideas we have. It's amazing what you think of in the process of all that learning. ;-)

Chase said...

This announcement is coming very late. Many (most) of the better
applicants have already secured internships/research positions by now.
If this is a repeat venture, perhaps next year consider making the
annoucement earlier.

Chase Yarbrough
Computer Science student @ Stanford

Matt said...

Thanks for a great idea. It seems like you're really enthused, and that's great to see.

Chase said...

Didn't mean for that comment to sound bitter. I think the Summer of Code idea is completely awesome, and I'm very jealous of everyone for whom it's not too late to apply. Keep up the good work.

mkipper said...

I'm going to agree with Chase. I've been working under an NSERC (www.nserc.ca) research award for a month now, and really would have appreciated the chance to work for Google. Definitely think about moving the application data up a couple months for next year.
That said, good luck to all the applicants, and I hope to see you next year!

Michael Kipper
Software Engineering @ Lakehead University

Ben said...

I'm a student myself and have sent of an application. It'd be amazing working directly with the open-source comunity. :)

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Hatim said...

As a person related to OSS(it is reasonable to assume that you are related to OSS ..some how) what would be your personal suggestions on projects.I am also asking from the point of view of google. I would love to work for a company like google one day and an OSS project which gets google's attention (even tiny on scale) would be sweet..what do you have to say ?
I would also pose similar question in summer-discuss ..(which btw needs a self descriptory name ..like Google-Summer-Code-2005)

jared said...

Chase and Mkipper, I think you should be grateful that such an opportunity has been presented at all. The amount of interest this has generated so far has been large. I am afraid that many people will send subliminal messages through postings to try and increase their chances that way. I'm sure some good projects will come out of this.

Brian said...

I agree that's its a great idea, just wish google gave opportunities to all students, not just those in college.

Hiding behind a legal screen tends to be a very bad excuse to not go through the work...

Chase said...

jared-

I totally agree. Didn't mean to sound negative. I think it's an incredible idea and shows tremendous generosity on google's behalf. But I do think it would have been in the best interest of the aims of the project to have announced it earlier before many potential applicants had found other opportunities.

chase

robsta said...

i'd love to get into this, i hope Google approve's my application.

starrsoft said...

Brian said: "I agree that's its a great idea, just wish google gave opportunities to all students, not just those in college."

What do you mean? High-school students are eligible.

Colin Smith said...

High school students are only eligible if the person applying is 18 or older.

Chopinhauer said...

Now that four days have passed since the original announce, I suppose you are not so happy to read what probably is thousands of applications.

Anyway I am glad you pulled out something like this, my owe towards Google constantly grows: you don't provide only an elegant and extremely powerful engine, which the web would be a total mess without; you also give the opportunity to develop Free Software and be well paid for it.

Chris DiBona said...

Au Contraire! I love that we've gotten so many terrific applications. Yes, not all can take part, but there are so many good ones to choose from. It'll be a bit of work, but that's okay.

Chris

zac said...

google rock! It"s easier to use than yahoo. although i wanted to know somethings that they didn't have, it doesn't matter because every thing else is worse!