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Google Summer of Code 2006 a Success

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The projects are in and the mentors have filed their evaluations. In the final tally, it looks like Google's Summer of Code 2006 was a success.

The program, having just finished its second year, provides funding to students and open source organizations for project development.
In 2005, Google accepted 410 projects. In 2006, Google's Summer of Code accepted a whopping 630 projects spread across 102 mentoring organizations. In 2005, there were only 41 mentoring organizations.

Each student who successfully completed their projects over the summer were to receive $4,500 from Google, while each open source organization was to receive $500 per successful student.

Leslie Hawthorn, open source program co-coordinator at Google, told internetnews.com that the program had an 82 percent overall success rate in 2006.

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It's great that Google

It's great that Google values open source. This is a way to help the community and at the same time run the business with the opportunity of advertising and recruitment. The student participants get a chance to explore their potentials and work on their ideas. They also have that kind of exposure that allows them to interact with the higher figures of the industry. This definitely beats a summer job at the burger joint.

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