Google Summer of Code 2017 Is on the Horizon

Staff Writer | Read Me | December 27, 2016

Imagine getting the chance to work for some of the biggest software companies in the world. This is while you’re in university and getting paid for it as well. You also get the chance to be in the spotlight and contribute to the open-source software community. If you’re still interested in taking this opportunity, then you should apply for the Google Summer of Code.

In case you’re lost, the Google Summer of Code (GSOC) is an international annual program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 12,000 student participants and over 22,000 mentors from 118 countries worldwide. Over the years, it has produced over 30 million lines of code for 567 software organizations.

With the 2017 edition of GSOC on the horizon, an awareness session about the program was held at the University of Moratuwa. Much of the speakers at this program were former Google Summer of Code interns who were there to encourage the participants to join the programs in the coming year. The first speaker at this awareness program was Akshila Wijesundara – software engineer at Cambio. He was previously a GSOC internet at OpenMRS...