Summer of Taste April 12, 2007Posted by Andre Vellino in Open Source.
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.