On Saturday 4th February Google confirmed that they would be running the Google Summer of Code for the 8th year and once again the Perl Foundation will attempt to be a participating organisation and is seeking your help.

Call for Ideas

Once again we will be using the Enlightened Perl Organisation‘s MojoMojo blog to track the general calls and sharing of information. There is already a Perl and GSoC main page for this year’s participation and general information and an Ideas page so that all the projects and people can start jotting down ideas for projects for students to work on this year. It would be good if we could have a range of new projects and also ideas from some of the larger initiatives such as Mojolicious, MojoMojo, Dancer, Catalyst, DBIC, Dzil, Moose, MetaCPAN etc.

Call for Students and Mentors

At this point we will also start asking potential students and mentors to start signing up by making themselves heard in the #soc-help channel on Very soon there will be a new flyer and marketing material for this year’s effort and I hope people will volunteer to pin them up in schools and colleges or translate them into their own language, if you are interested in helping with this contact Mark.


Google will accept applications from open-source projects from the 27th February – 9th March, 2012. Student applications will be accepted from the 26th March– 6th April, 2012.

We therefore have three weeks to get a good range of ideas and start attracting mentors and students, Please come along and help out, we had a 100% success rate last year thanks to some great students and Florian’s masterful management. We also had a great GCi program managed by Paul Johnson, hopefully this year we can match this and we can only do that with your help.


(Originally provided by Google and edited for this blog)

Google Summer of Code has historically brought together approximately five and a half thousand students from over 300 open-source projects to create millions of lines of code.

The Google Summer of Code programme is designed to encourage student participation in open-source development. Since kicking off in 2005, the program has had several goals:

  • Inspire young developers to begin participating in open-source development
  • Provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer
  • Give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios (e.g. distributed development, software licensing questions, mailing-list etiquette, etc.)
  • Get more open-source code created and released for the benefit of all
  • Help open-source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers