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Google has announced that they will run the Summer of Code program again this summer (2009). Details can be found at In a nutshell: university students from around the world will submit proposals to develop software for one of a number of open source software projects. The various oss projects provide the mentoring and Google provides cash stipends to the students (there is also a small payment per mentor).

Last year the Lua community applied to be one of the mentoring organizations. Although not accepted, there were a number of student projects for various mentoring organizations that used Lua.

Specific dates have not been decided, but we're looking at roughly beginning of March for submitting an application to be a mentoring organization. Last year, Jim Whitehead guided the process of submitting the application. Due to prior commitments, Jim is not able to organize things this year. I'm willing to do so (or would be quite happy for somebody else to volunteer!).

If you are interested (and no commitment needed now), the two important things to work on now are to

1. Develop a list of possible projects. Mentoring organizations propose various projects for students to work on, although students are allowed (and depending on the mentoring organization encouraged) to propose their own ideas.

Last year's ideas pages can be found at Feel free to add and edit.

2. Begin working on our application to be a mentoring organization. A working draft from last year is at There will most likely be a fair amount of overlap between the questions on last year's application and this year's.