For almost two years, Echo & Co. has been working with the Open Source Programs office at Google to help design and implement websites for their two landmark programs - Google Summer of Code and Google Code-In.
What is Google Summer of Code?
Google Summer of Code is a global program that encourages youth and students to get involved in the open source community. It offers students stipends to take on various open source software projects for the summer, all under the mentorship of a firm or organization already in the community.
Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together nearly 5,500 successful student participants and over 3000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code. The end result of this annual program is that more and more people are exposed to the open source community, thereby strengthening it and allowing it to grow.
How did Echo & Co. Help?
The Summer of Code websites run on a open-source software system called Melange. It is a powerful tool that combines content, constituent, and task management. Working with the Melange development team, we designed the website as well as the user interface for all administrative pages, including a specific task page, user dashboards, and various other key pages. The goal of the project was to streamline management and simplify the experience of the site for its various users - participants, mentors, organizations, and administrators.
We’re extremely excited to see such high levels of involvement in the program year after year. Working to strengthen open source something we take pride in, and we love to see the community growing.