After two consecutive and successful years of participation, BRL-CAD will not be applying to take part in the 2010 Google Summer of Code (GSoC).   While we still openly and eagerly welcome new contributors to BRL-CAD, we remain mindful of the major commitment that GSoC participation requires. As development continues to progress rapidly on the development and initial release of a new graphical user interface for BRL-CAD geometry editing, our priorities need to remain focused this year on the complex integration tasks ahead of us.
We've had a wonderful time participating in GSoC over the past couple years and we will continue to recognize the outstanding efforts of our newest contributors that have become involved with BRL-CAD due to GSoC. While we could have easily taken on the mentorship of a couple students again this year, this abstinence represents an opportunity to consolidate our efforts and allow others the opportunity to participate in GSoC. Of course, deep thanks and sincere appreciation go out to the kind and generous staff at Google including Leslie Hawthorn, Chris DiBona, Cat Allman, Ellen Ko, and others at the Google Open Source Programs Office. We look forward to following the results of GSoC 2010 and hope to participate again in the future.
Google Summer of Code is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Historically, the highly competitive and notably successful program has brought together thousands of students with over 200 select open source projects, including BRL-CAD. Kicking off in 2005, the program is now in its sixth year. BRL-CAD participated in 2008 and 2009.