GSoC helps support university level students who get the opportunity to work with mentors on a variety of coding projects that will all be contributed back to the student’s mentoring organization.
What is GSoC?
Google Summer of Code is a program run by Google for college students interested in getting a stipend to contribute to FOSS projects. They will spend there summer with improving and writing new features for the project. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together 13,000+ student participants and 12,000 mentors from over 125 countries worldwide. Google Summer of Code has produced 33,000,000+ lines of code for 608 open source organizations.
As a part of Google Summer of Code, student participants are paired with a mentor from the participating organizations, gaining exposure to real-world software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in areas related to their interests.
In turn, the participating organizations are able to identify and bring in new developers who implement new features and hopefully continue to contribute to open source even after the program is over. Most importantly, more code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
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