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Google Summer of Code 2010 Kicks Off

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From the 'Summertime Coding Fun' files:

It's that time of year again. For the fifth year Google is running its popular Summer of Code (SoC) program which matches students with mentoring organization to develop open source code.

And oh yeah, both the mentoring organization and the student get some of Google's money too.

I've been writing about the SoC since its first year in 2005, when 410 students were in the program. The program has grown every year since with more student participating every year. This year Google is expecting to fund 1,000 students as part of SoC 2010.

The money that Google is giving students and putting into the SoC program has also grown over the years.

In 2005, Google gave each mentoring organization $500 for each student they mentored and each student that successfully completes their project received $4,500. In 2010, the mentoring organizations still get $500 per student, but the students now will receive $5,000 each.

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