The "Google summer of code" deadline is approaching, and basically is an attempt to inspire projects from students across the world ,by organisations(> 130) suggesting project ideas which they will then mentor.
This is perfect for doing your final year project . Guys who are into coding, dont miss out on this chance - get a group of like minded friends and register , read through the norms,and the whole process of applying, and working on open source projects is an experience in itself . Last year, Google funded over 600 students in 93 countries to work with 100 open source groups.
About the Google SOC 2007
The accepted Google SOC 2007 mentors list is now complete at the Summer of Code website — 131 projects could use your help. Student applications are open and the end date is March 26. Google has an application guide in the Summer of Code Announce discussion group that provides more information on the application process.
Advice for students applying:
Application guide :
Who's eligible to participate as a student in Google Summer of Code?
in order to participate in the program, you must be a student. (colleges, universities, masters programs, PhD programs ). You should be prepared, upon request, to provide Google with transcripts from your accredited institution as proof of enrollment or admission status. Computer Science does not need to be your field of study in order to participate in the program.
If you however miss the dates,its still an experience to spend the summer hols doing a project in your area of interest ,and build up for your final project.
Bhasker V Kode
(FYI : SVCE 2002-2006 IT Dept )