China has now an alternative to the Google Summer of Code, an international annual program in which Google awards stipends to students who successfully complete a free and open-source software coding project during the summer.
China’s alternative is called “Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan”, also known as “summer 2021” for short, and is organized by the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences and the openEuler community. It’s a global program open to college students around the world who want to participate in the development and maintenance of open-source software.
There’s only one specific requirement to be able to apply: be at least 18 years old at the time of registration. Selected students will be paid according to the complexity of the project with 12000 RMB ($1,867), 9000 RMB ($1,400), or 6000 RMB ($933) “bonuses” to be distributed at the end of the project.
Other stakeholders include the communities and mentors. A community provides a list and description of the project, and arranges for a mentor to communicate the program with the applicant and select one of the applicants to undertake the project during an up to three-month development period.
There are currently 78 communities that have been accepted to the Summer 2021 program includes some Chinese projects like RT-Thread real-time OS or HybridOS operating system for smart IoT devices, as well as projects from the international community with several Apache projects and Debian among others.
Open-source communities have until May 20th to apply, and students will be able to apply between May 24th and June 13th. The projects will then be carried in two phases between July 1st and August 15th, as well as August 16th and September 30th with an evaluation after each period. The final results will then be announced on October 22nd, and “excellent projects” be awarded in early November.
You can find more details about the “Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan” on the official website.