From: Christopher Sean Morrison <brlcad@ma...> - 2009-03-19 13:45:42
For our second year in a row, I'm delighted to announce that BRL-CAD
has once again been accepted into the 2009 Google Summer of Code
(GSoC)! GSoC is a summer program hosted by Google every year where
they pay students a stipend of $4500 to work on specific open source
projects. It's a highly competitive program both for the students
and for the mentoring organizations. This year, there were
approximately 400 open source organizations that applied with 150
being selected  to participate.
This year, the student application period is open until April 3rd.
Anyone looking for more details about the program including students
interested in applying should visit the our wiki page on GSoC  and
our suggested project ideas page .
There is an extensive list of projects that we'd love to see worked
on, but fresh ideas are also always welcome. Students interested in
working on BRL-CAD should consult with the developers via the #brlcad
IRC channel  on Freenode or through the brlcad-devel mailing list
 to help develop a detailed and desirable proposal. Students are
strongly encouraged to get involved early-on in the submission
process, to discuss proposals in depth, and to help our mentors
become better acquainted with the students.
This year marks the fifth GSoC that Google has hosted the program and
marks BRL-CAD's second year participating in the program. Last year,
we mentored four students which have been highlighted on the list
before and you can read more about on the wiki . All four of our
students did a great job with several that have continued to work on
their projects throughout the year on top of their study workload.
One of the primary goals of the program is to introduce students to
free open source software development with the specific intent of
attracting those students as new long-term developers for that
project. For BRL-CAD, this is very much our primary reason for
participating. With increased awareness, new developers, and
increased developer activity, we hope to accelerate BRL-CAD
development to benefit our entire user community. We eagerly look
forward to working with our students on their projects and will be
sure to share progress of our involvement throughout the summer.