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Summer of Taste April 12, 2007

Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Source.
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The final results on Google’s Summer of Code (GSoC) projects were announced this morning.  There were 6,200 applicants to GSoC and 900 of them were selected (~ 15% acceptance rate.) The Taste collaborative filtering project received 13 applications and Google selected 2 of them – one for each mentor (also ~ 15% acceptance rate).

I keep marveling at how brilliantly Machiavellian (meant in the best sense of this adjective) this GSoC idea is.  It’s costing (I’m guessing) a mere $6M (a few months worth of Coca-Cola supplies?) for Google to (a) benefit the open source community (b) give hands-on software training to almost 1,000 students (c) get a helping hand from the community to help Google recruit the best and the brightest in international software talent.  Everybody wins.  It’s brilliant.

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