Google Summer of Code 2009, we're in!

Google Summer of Code 2009, we're in!

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 [1] and our suggested project ideas page [2].


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 [3] on Freenode or through the brlcad-devel mailing list [4] 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 [5]. 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.