Monday, February 24, 2014

Calling students for Summer of Code 2014!

The Mono team is happy to announce that we are participating in the Google Summer of Code 2014. This is the tenth year of Summer of Code for us, and we hope it will be the best one yet!

If you're an eligible student, this is an amazing opportunity to spend the summer with a great community working on cutting edge open-source C# tools and frameworks. You can hone your development skills by working on large and complex codebases with experienced mentors, and get paid $5500 for your hard work too.

The student application period starts on March 10, and the deadline is March 21 at 7pm UTC, but don't delay - you can start preparing your proposals right away. Come introduce yourself and get to know the community and mentors. Discuss your ideas and do research to make sure you have a really great proposal. You can even fix bugs and file some patches to demonstrate your skills to us - it's not required, but it definitely helps if we know you know how to contribute and figure things out. Show us how excited you are about coding the summer away!

Project ideas and rules are available on our GSoC ideas page, and we'll be updating the list as we come up with new ideas. Don't be afraid to submit your own awesome idea if you think it's something we would be interested in mentoring. And if you can't decide, you can submit multiple proposals - but remember that quality is better than quantity.

Our project mailing lists should be your first stop for questions about contributing to Mono. There are many lists for different topics, but the main ones are monomono-devel and monodevelop-devel. For external projects, you should also contact the developers in their project mailing lists.

And of course IRC is where you can find everyone online, on the irc.gnome.org server. There's the #mono channel for general Mono discussions, #monodev for Mono development, #monodevelop for MonoDevelop and Xamarin Studio, and #monosoc for Summer of Code-specific questions and saying "Hi" to your fellow students. Hang around a while after asking a question - we have mentors in many timezones so they may be asleep or busy when you visit.

If you're not a student, you can participate in Summer of Code by helping the students feel at home in our community! Or if you're interested in mentoring C# tools and libraries under the Mono umbrella, send an email to the Mono GSoC administrator at soc@xamarin.com.

To stay up to date with the applications process and the work of our students, follow us on Twitter and Google+.

Good luck!

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