Rocket.Chat is excited to announce our intention to participate in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2021 program.
We are proud to support Google’s annual effort in introducing a whole new generation of developers to the wonderful world of open source.
Over the last 16 years GSoC has enabled more than 16,000 students from 111 countries to work with 715 open source projects and produce millions of lines of code since its inception in 2005.
The goals of the program are to:
- Motivate students to begin participating in open source development.
- Help open source projects bring in new, excited developers into their communities who stay long after their GSoC ends.
- Provide students in Computer Science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits.
- Give students exposure to real-world software development scenarios (e.g., testing, version control, software licensing, mailing-list etiquette, etc.).
- Create more open source code.
How does the mentorship program look like?
Programming online from their home, student participants spend 10 weeks on their projects (about 175 total hrs) earning stipends upon completion of their milestones.
Volunteer mentors help students plan their time, answer questions and provide guidance on best practices, project-specific tools, and community norms while helping integrate students into their communities.
Students receive an invaluable learning experience, an introduction to the global FOSS community and something that potential employers love to see on resumes!
What's next for GSoC in 2021?
👉🏼 Stay tuned: Student applications are open March 29 – April 13, 2021.
Find full details on requirements for participation, program rules, and general information at their official website.
To track Rocket.Chat’s GSoC 2021 progress, please see GSoC 2021 Rocket.Chat information page.
We’ll update this post with more informations as soon as the application portal opens.