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China Is Launching A New Alternative To Google Summer of Code, Outreachy

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The Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) in cooperation with the Chinese openEuler Linux distribution have been working on their own project akin to Google Summer of Code and Outreachy for paying university-aged students to become involved in open-source software development.

"Summer 2021" as the initiative is simply called or "Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan" is providing university-aged students around the world funding by the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences to work on community open-source projects.

It's just like Google Summer of Code but with offering different funding levels based upon the complexity of the project -- funding options are 12000 RMB, 9000 RMB, or 6000 RMB. That's roughly $932 to $1,865 USD for students to devote their summer to working on open-source. There are not any gender/nationality restrictions with this initative but students must be at least eighteen years old.

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Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan

  • Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan is China's alternative to Google Summer of Code - CNX Software

    There’s only one specific requirement to be able to apply: be at least 18 years old at the time of registration. Selected students will be paid according to the complexity of the project with 12000 RMB ($1,867), 9000 RMB ($1,400), or 6000 RMB ($933) “bonuses” to be distributed at the end of the project.

    Other stakeholders include the communities and mentors. A community provides a list and description of the project, and arranges for a mentor to communicate the program with the applicant and select one of the applicants to undertake the project during an up to three-month development period.

Alternative Summer Of Code From China

  • Alternative Summer Of Code From China

    Students who want to spend their summer break "flipping bits not burgers", to quote the Google of Summer of Code motto, now have another option for finding an open source project to contribute to in return for a stipend. Called the "Summer 2021 of Open Source Promotion Plan", this initiative is open to students around the world. However, the languages used are English and Chinese with some participating open source projects only supporting the latter.

    To apply to be a participating organization all that is required is that the project is under an OSI-approved software license. As well as coding, other projects conducive to open source community development, such as translation of technical documents are supported although the total proportion of non-development projects must not exceed 20%. Mentors, who can oversee up to three projects each, will be paid a bonus of RMB 5,000 (around $775 US, £550) per successfully completed project.

    The deadline for application is May 20 and currently around 80 organizations are listed including Debian, Nebula Graph; XMake and ZStack; numerous Apache sub-projects, the Chinese communities of Emacs, Jenkins, Julia, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu; plus other Chinese-only open-source projects. As well as being one of the scheme's Host organizations, openEuler, the open source version of its Linux distribution released by Huawei, is itself one of the participating Communities, but all 110 of the projects it has listed are in Chinese only.

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