Thanks to Alex for writing in to let us know that the Google Summer of Code is now accepting student applications!
I’m biased, but I’d draw particular attention to the project ideas we have
under the lowRISC banner – we’re working with our friends in the wider open
source software and hardware communities to offer a range of projects
covering just about every part of the hardware/software stack. Projects
include implementing place and route for the reverse engineered Lattice
iCE40 FPGA (and thus completing a fully open source toolchain for this
part), work on the Nyuzi Larrabee-inspired GPGPU and of course work that
more directly relates to the lowRISC RISC-V based SoC project.
Students who are accepted into the program will put the skills they have learned in university to good use by working on an actual software project over the summer. Students receive a stipend and are paired with mentors to help address technical questions and concerns throughout the course of the project. With the knowledge and hands-on experience students gain during the summer, they strengthen their future employment opportunities. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
Interested students can submit proposals on the website starting now through Friday, March 27 at 19:00 UTC. Get started by reviewing the ideas pages of the 137 open source projects in this year’s program and decide which projects you’re interested in. Because Google Summer of Code has a limited number of spots for students, writing a great project proposal is essential to being selected to the program — be sure to check out the Student Manual for advice.
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