The Summer of Code is Google’s program is designed to introduce students to the world of Open Source Software Development. Google will provide a $4500 award to each student who successfully completes an open source project by the end of the Summer.
Google believes that there are more Open Source Developers out in the world waiting to be discovered and that this program might help reveal who they are. They are looking to find developers around the world who have considered creating free and open source software but who have not yet taken the plunge.
Google has teamed up with a number of Open Source related organizations who have agreed to help with the Summer of Code. An applicant applies to work on a project for a given organization. That organization has a designated contact who can approve of the application, monitor the students progress and sign off that the applicant has completed their work as described in the application.
Summer-Discuss Google group discusses anything connected to the summer of code. The Deadline is June 14th.