Google unveiled recently through a blog post that at the annual Google Summer of Code 2022 event (GSoC) to encourage newcomers to open source projects, event is held for the seventeenth time, but differs from previous programs by the elimination of restrictions on the participation of only undergraduate and graduate students.
From now on, any adult who has turned 18 years old you can become a GSoC participant, however with the condition that they have not previously made a significant contribution to the development of projects outside the GSoC event and have not participated in the GSoC more than twice.
It is understood that the event will now be able to help beginners who want to change their field of activity or are committed to self-education.
For 17 years, GSoC has been focused on bringing new open source contributors to the OSS communities large and small. GSoC has brought together more than 18.000 college students from 112 countries along with more than 17.000 mentors from 746 open source organizations.
The event schedule has also changed: instead of a fixed 12-week cycle, the participant has up to 22 weeks to complete the work. The program now also allows not only intermediate-level tasks, which take around 175 hours to complete, but also large projects that require around 350 hours to complete.
At its core, GSoC is a mentoring program where people interested in learning more about open source are welcomed into our open source communities by enthusiastic mentors who are ready to help them learn and grow as developers. The goal is for these new contributors to continue participating in open source communities long after their Google Summer of Code program ends.
Over the course of GSoC's 17 years, open source has grown and evolved, and we have come to realize that the program must evolve as well. With that in mind, we have several major updates to the program in 2022, aimed at better meeting the needs of our open source communities and providing more flexibility to both projects and contributors so that people from all walks of life can find , join and contribute to large open source communities.
In previous years, 18 thousand students from 112 countries successfully completed the tasks. More than 15 thousand mentors from 746 open projects participated in the training of tasks. For successfully completed work, the open project mentor will receive $ 500, but payments to participants have yet to be determined (previously they paid $ 5500).
Starting in 2022, we will open the program to all newcomers to open source who are 18 years or older. The program will no longer focus solely on college students or recent graduates. We realize that there are many people who could benefit from the GSoC program who are at various stages of their career, have recently changed careers, are self-taught, are returning to the workforce, etc., so we wanted to enable these people the opportunity to participate in GSoC.
The GSoC 2022 calendar has not yet been approved. First, a two-week stage will begin to accept applications from representatives of open source projects, after which a list of tasks will be announced. Then, the participants should choose a project to their liking and discuss the possibility of its implementation with representatives of the projects presented. In addition, representatives of open source projects will select the participants who will participate in the execution of the work.
We hope that many students will continue to apply to the program (which we encourage!), But we wanted to provide excited people who wanted to get into open source, but weren't sure how to get started or if the open source communities would welcome their newbie. contributions - with a place to start.
Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details In the following link.