As you may know from reading my last post the Google Summer of Code gives students the chance to involve themselves with an open source project and this year the efforts on behalf of The Perl Foundation (TPF) are being run by Florian Ragwitz (Rafl).

The first stage of this process (the accepting of the mentoring organisation) has now passed and the TPF have once again been accepted. You can now visit to view more details.

Please spread the message about the TPF who are looking for students to join in with this year’s event. If you could pass this message on to any mailing list you are on, or share it with appropriate locations so that we can make this year the most successful year for Perl ever it would be much appreciated.

The main site for the Google Summer of Code is:, a timeline for participation can be found at As you can see the student participation period opens on 28th March.

Some prospective project ideas for this year can be found at:, though I must stress that a student can suggest any idea they wish to the mentoring org.

If anyone wishes to join in and be a mentor for this year then please contact Rafl a.s.a.p.  You can download a flyer for distribution at:, please print out copies and pin them to notice boards or distribute them in classes near to your area, as always your participation is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.