Linux geeks from around the world are gathered in Brisbane, Australia at the moment for the linux.conf.au (LCA, or Linux Conference Australia) and Google chose yesterday, the first day of the conference, to announce the 2011 Summer of Code.
This will be Google’s seventh Summer of Code, in which the company gathers students from diverse countries and places them under the watchful eye of mentoring organizations in order to foster an appreciation of open source software, and hopefully, for them to finish the program with some interesting open source projects. It’s a competitive program and we recently learned during an interview with Chris DiBona, Google’s Open Source Programs Manager, that one in five students fail the SoC.
According to Open Source at Google, “Over the past 6 years Google Summer of Code has had 4,500 students from over 85 countries complete the program.” This year, the program is hoping to see a 25% increase as well as a larger pool of mentoring organizations.
If you are a student that wants to write code in the SoC this year, or if you are a member of an organization that would like to participate, see the official Google Summer of Code page at Google Code and the official SoC website.