|Join Our Google Summer of Code Success Story|
|Written by Chad Windnagle|
|Tuesday, 20 March 2012 02:50|
What We’ve Done
It is an incredible honor to be a part of the team that helped bring Google Summer of Code (GSoC) back into the Joomla community for 2012. This year, the Joomla community is certainly shaping up to be an exciting one. We’ve had Joomla 2.5, undoubtedly the most advanced and functional version of the CMS released early this year. On top of that, the community has been able to get their hands on yet-another top-notch OSM president who will continue to bring new energy, ideas, and direction to Joomla’s legal entity.
On Friday, March 16th, around 2:00pm EST I got the email. Google had approved Joomla’s application. We were in. We waited about an hour to make sure it wasn’t a dream and to fill out our Google-Melange profile. Then, the social-media-sphere took over. Tweets, Skype messages, and Facebook comments all started to pile in congratulating us. The team, had they been able to, would’ve clinked glasses of champagne at the news. It was a big, exciting moment, and I’m honored, and proud to have been a part of it.
The Road Ahead
Now that we’re in, the real work is about to begin. Running the program is going to take a lot more effort, and that’s the road we face now. The work that students will be doing for the Joomla program won’t stop here. The mentoring they receive will travel with the student wherever they go. Future education, and future jobs - the student will get a lot from the program.
There are a few ways that the Joomla-sphere at large can contribute to the GSoC program this year:
A Note for Students
If you are a student and interested in participating in Google Summer of Code, we invite you to please join us! You should immediately register on Google's Summer of Code site, and submit a proposal to the Joomla project based on one of the ideas on our idea page. The deadline is April 6th, so you'd better HURRY!
The community has given unbelievable support to the GSoC efforts thus far. I am so honored, and so proud, to have been able to work with the folks who have given of their time already. I can’t wait to spend rest of the summer working with such fine folks! This team is amazing, and it’s an example of what makes Joomla great.
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