On March 14, the Google Summer of Code program starts accepting applications from registered university students to earn money by spending their summer break writing code and learning about open source development. Students with accepted proposals are paired with mentors who are part of established communities. Many of the students stay connected to those communities well-beyond the participation in the summer coding program.
BeagleBoard.org (the Linux and open hardware-enabled hacking and development community) is one of those mentoring organizations for this summer’s program. Many students who developed past interesting program projects such as open source logic analyzer code, systems for running Arduino sketches on Linux systems, and interpreters for building real-time responsive cross-platform robot control systems have remained community contributors and are now participating as mentors for new aspiring students. Some students have even gone off to start up businesses based on code they developed as part of participating in the program.
Students participating with BeagleBoard.org this year will have the opportunity to focus a lot on kernel-level stuff, and we’ll likely have at least one student working on high-level library improvement, and further reducing the initial learning curve (possibly focusing on the out-of-box Cloud9IDE experience, and making sure there’s plenty of cool, working and well-documented demos in there for the different libraries). We’re also looking to have a project focusing on what the flexible robotics focused BeagleBone Blue can enable with the right software, potentially making it very quick to get up and running with different robotics platforms, like Ardupilot, ROS, etc.