Google Summer of Code student opportunities

Google Summer of Code student opportunities
March 9, 2018 Karen Mecoles
Google summer of code

Google Summer of Code student opportunities

Melbourne stem cell researchers are inviting Australian students to join an international Google program that matches them with industry mentors.

Stemformatics, a web-based pocket dictionary for visualising stem cell experiments, has been accepted as a 2018 Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Program mentor organisation.

GSoC sees students paired with a mentor to gain exposure to real-world software development and techniques. This allows students globally to apply for a scholarship and work with Open Source Software community projects.

Open Source Software uses source code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance.

Programmers with access to a computer program’s source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.

“Most websites you visit each day are powered by Open Source Software. Many companies build their software on it too”
 Rowland Mosbergen, the Stemformatics Project Manager said.

All of the compute that Stemformatics will use for Google Summer of Code will be provided by ANDS/Nectar/RDS, which is controlled by open source software called OpenStack.

“It is fantastic to be able to create new cloud compute for each student project from ANDS/Nectar/RDS. In fact, we are also using this cloud compute for another European centric Google Summer of Code project that I am a part of, BioJS.”

Rowland said the GSoC was particularly popular in Europe and the USA. “I think it’s a great way to take the theory you get from studying and being able to apply it in a practical way for a good cause,” he said.

“Contributing to Open Source Software is becoming useful to have on your resume. I would highly encourage all Australian students to have a look on the range of projects available here and overseas.” Students must submit their project plans at by the 28th of March.

Since its inception in 2005, the Google Summer of Code program has paired more than 13,000 student participants and 12,000 mentors from over 125 countries. It has produced more than 33 million lines of code for 608 open source organisations.

“Stemformatics is already discussing projects with interested students,” Rowland said. “Now is the time to start looking at applying for projects.”

Stemformatics, a research service funded through Stem Cells Australia, is a joint initiative between the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.  ANDS/Nectar/RDS provides all the cloud computing needs for all of Stemformatics, including all student projects.