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Lanka among top 10 at Google Summer Code

Sri Lanka has been ranked among the top 10 countries this year, according to Leslie Hawthorn, Open Source Team of Google recently.

This is a remarkable testament to the emerging talent and capabilities of Sri Lanka's IT professionals. The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual program, in which Google awards stipends to a large number of students worldwide who successfully complete a requested free software/open-source coding project during the summer.

The program invites students who meet their eligibility criteria to post applications that detail the software-coding project they wish to perform. These applications are then evaluated by the corresponding mentoring organisation.

Every participating organisation must provide mentors for each of the project ideas received, if the organisation is of the opinion that the project would benefit them.

The mentors then rank the applications and submit the ranked list to Google.

Google then decides how many projects each organisation gets and selects the top-n applications for that organisation, where n is the number of projects assigned to them.

Google chose 174 open source organisations to participate in the 2008 Google Summer Code, increased from 136 the year before and 102 in 2006.

Each organisation was chosen based on a number of criteria, such as the value of the projects, the ideas given for students to work on and the ability of the mentors to ensure that students completed the projects successfully.

The following are the Top 10 for Google Summer Code 2008 accepted students:-

USA, India, China, Canada, France, Germany, Brazil, Poland, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom .

Courtesy: Itpro.co

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