Freifunk is again applying as a project for the Google Summer of Code 2010.
For students it is a good way to get deeper involved into Free and Open
Source Software and freifunk specifically. During the summer students have
the chance to code on freifunk and get paid by Google.
Some other projects also offer freifunk related work. Check out the GSoC site after March 18 when the info on participating projects is released.
We are already gathering project ideas, as a way to
start for applicants here.
If you are interested to join freifunk at the summer of code and would like
to discuss project ideas, please join us on IRC at #freenode on irc://irc.freenode.org
and on the mailing list: http://freifunk.net/mailman/listinfo/wlanware
If you have already an idea about a project you would like to do, please also leave your idea here as well: http://wiki.freifunk.net/Ideas
Background info on Google Summer of Code
The most common question we get from students is “How do I prepare for Google Summer of Code?”
The simple answer is not to wait for the program to get involved in
open source. Start checking out projects now: take a look at
documentation, check out their source code and idle in some IRC
channels to see what interests you. The projects who have been past
participants in Google Summer of Code are a great place to start; use the categorized list of mentoring organizations (e.g. projects listed by programming languages) from 2009 to help you get started.
About Google Summer of Code
Google Summer of Code
(GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to
write code for various open source software projects. We have worked
with several open source, free software, and technology-related groups
to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Since
its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 3,400
students and more than more than 3,000 mentors & co-mentors from
nearly 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. Through Google Summer of Code,
accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from
the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world
software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in
areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating
projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers.
Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and
benefit of all.
* Frequently asked questions: http://socghop.appspot.com/document/show/gsoc_program/google/gsoc2010/faqs
* Freifunk Project Ideas: http://wiki.freifunk.net/Ideas