Indian universities make up the lion’s share of Google’s Summer of Code


The annual programming training “Summer of Code” (GSoC) organized by Google is currently taking place for the 17th time, this time exclusively online. The current edition of the programming event attracted 1286 computer science students, who come from 69 countries around the world and who will continue to work on their self-selected open source projects for a total of 175 hours for a total of 175 hours until the end of August under slightly changed framework conditions due to the pandemic. Open source is apparently no foreign word for the participants: According to the blog entry by Google, around 80 percent had already been involved in the open source area before taking part in the summer training.

A good two thirds (70 percent) of the participants are majoring in computer science, three percent are studying mathematics and two percent are physics. The remaining quarter mostly studies engineering in the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biology, chemistry, the environment or society. According to Google, the range of specialist areas is diverse: oceanography, finance, linguistics, neurosciences, statistics, renewable energies, robotics, geography and digital design are represented according to the blog entry.

The budding young professionals are supported by a grant and mentoring from open source providers. For the 2021 edition, 199 open source organizations have agreed to take the mentees and their projects under their wing. For the first time this year, Google has opened participation for young talents aged 18 and over and allows developers who are enrolled in advanced courses such as master’s programs, in a college or university. The countries of origin are widely spread.

Twelve educational institutions, most of which students have qualified to participate, are located in India and send a total of 216 participants. The TUs Roorkee and Varanasi lead this ranking in the Coding Summer. The brief overview does not reveal whether and to what extent students from Germany, Austria or Switzerland participate.

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The participants have already successfully completed the multi-stage selection process: The candidates first had to present their project ideas to the participating open source organizations and apply. Those who take part now receive financial compensation in the form of a scholarship, depending on the project milestones they have achieved. Further information on the program can be found in the report on the Google blog, and for August Google is planning a statistical report on the participating mentoring organizations. Anyone interested in the conditions of participation can take a look at the invitation to tender from the spring.


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