Google Summer of Code is a yearly program ran by Google that focuses on bringing more students into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization over a three month period during their break from school. Google has a more comprehensive break-down of how the program works on their website. Fedora is happy to announce that for the tenth year, we are participating in Google Summer of Code 2016.
Fedora projects in Google Summer of Code 2016
Fedora is offering slots for many different projects within Fedora. There are slots for CommOps, Fedora Hubs, Pagure, Project Atomic, Cockpit, and more. You can read a full list of project proposals on the wiki. Applications for Google Summer of Code 2016 opened last Monday and close at 1900 UTC on Friday, March 25th, 2016. If you are interested in participating in this year’s program, you can read more information about how to participate with Fedora this summer on the Community Blog.
Why work on Fedora?
Our project is large and diverse. We are very experienced at working with new contributors and helping them be successful.
Many long-time contributors continue to be around, lending expertise and mentoring. People who stay around the community and do good work are noticed. They get hired for jobs from it, including being hired by Red Hat. Past Google Summer of Code students were hired by Red Hat, as well as interns in various positions. This is just an example, as experience and reputation in the Fedora Project communities is influential on your career in many ways.
As long-standing communities with many facets, it is possible for you to find many rewarding sub-projects to work on.
You should know that contributing to FOSS doesn’t require you to have super programming skills, or super-anything else. You just need be interested and curious enough, and be willing to become comfortable being productively lost. This is the state of learning through finding your way around and figuring things out.
If you are interested in learning more about Fedora’s participation in Google Summer of Code 2016, read the Community Blog article to learn more about the program, how to participate with Fedora, and the next steps you need to take before this Friday.