Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google will be working with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fourth year.
This year I am a mentor for OpenMoko. I am working with Saurabh Gupta on "Speech recognition facility in open moko".
Google Summer of Code has several goals:
* Get more open source code created and released for the benefit of all;
* Inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development;
* Help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers;
* Provide students in Computer Science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits (think "flip bits, not burgers");
* Give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios.
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