Google Preps For Summer Of Code

    March 4, 2008

Some people will be interested, and some people won’t.  But for those who are, it’s time to start getting ready for the 2008 Google Summer of Code.

It seems that the program is surprisingly popular.  Both Google and Ask, for example, readily complete the phrase "summer of" with the word "code."  Ask even ranks "code" above "Sam" and "love."  So never mind sunshine or sand – here we go with software.

Google Preps For Summer Of Code
Leslie Hawthorn (Photo Credit:

On the Official Google Blog, Leslie Hawthorn provides a bit of the project’s history by writing, "In the past three years, we’ve seen more than 1500 students ‘graduate’ from this program, working with 2000+ mentors across 90 countries to produce millions of lines of code.  We’re pleased to have funded more than $10M in open source development through Summer of Code, and we’ve increased our funding for it this year by another $1M."

As for the upcoming event, she continues, "We’re accepting applications from open source projects who’d like to act as mentoring organizations through March 13th, and will begin taking student applications on March 24th.  If you’re interested in learning more, just subscribe to the program discussion list."

To each his (or her) own, etc., etc.  Yet to once again point out the sort of decision you’re making: after browsing the list for a few minutes, we didn’t see any mention of Cancun or The Beach Boys.