India <3 Google Summer of Code™

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

This year Google Summer of Code had 610 students apply from India, the second highest number of applicants after the United States. The Google Summer of Code community in India has always been active, and this may be part of the reason India's application numbers have been so strong.

One example of such community activity occurred on March 28, 2009. Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology SD India student Ajay Kumar, a Google Summer of Code 2008 student for Sahana, organized a meetup at Cafe Coffee Day on the Indian Institute of Technology Madras campus. Ajay was joined by fellow Google Summer of Code 2008 students S. Sudharshan (Openmoko) and Arun Chaganty (GNOME) to answer questions, give advice, and encourage six aspiring 2009 students. Rounding out the mix was a member of IIT Madras' Linux User Group. Together they discussed proposal writing guidelines, communication guidelines, eligibility, choosing a project, and most of all, how much fun Google Summer of Code is!

Take a look at some of the photos from the event, and check out the Google Summer of Code - Indian Community group for more information about upcoming events.

by Ellen Ko, Open Source Team