Google has now announced that students applications for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) are now open. Students can get paid up to $5,500 to work on various open source projects selected for the event.
Fewer companies have been accepted this year, and even big names like the Linux Foundation and Mozilla got their application rejected. There are still over 137 open source projects to work on including:
- MinnowBoard project – Potential software projects for the Intel Atom embedded board include making low speed I/O buses more accessible via intermediate open source libraries (e.g. SMBus/PMBus/Wiring libraries), and improving the open source firmware.
- BeagleBoard.org – Lots of project ideas relying on the BeagleBone Black board, dealing with Linux kernel support for embedded devices and interfaces, ARM processor support in open source operating systems and libraries, Heterogeneous co-processor (PRU) support in open source operating systems and libraries, and more.
Interested students can browse the projects, and submit their own proposals based on the “idea pages” or not, before Friday, March 27 at 19:00 UTC on the application page.
Students who are accepted will work on an actual open source software project over the summer, be paired with a mentor, and get paid for their work. You need to be at least 18 years old, and be enrolled in an accredited academic institution anywhere in the world. You don’t necessarily need to be follow a Computer Science or Electronics Engineering program to apply, as past students Shave also come from disciplines such as Ecology, Medicine and Music. Getting accepted to GSoC and having worked on an open source project for several weeks is certainly something nice to have on your CV. Good luck!
Thanks to Alex (lowRISC) for the tip.