While this news isn't strictly related to Summer of Code, we felt the community would like to hear about our newest initiative to introduce students to open source development: the Google Highly Open Participation Contest. The contest offers pre-university students the opportunity to contribute code, documentation, localization, testing and more to our ten participating open source projects. In return, our contestants have the chance to win cash prizes, a trip to the Googleplex and the all important t-shirt.
If you'd like to help us with this pilot endeavor, we would love to have you. Since many Summer of Coders were recently new to open source themselves, you are in a perfect position to provide sage advice and a helping hand to our contestants on the contest mailing list. If you're particularly passionate about one of the participating open source projects, why not suggest tasks for student participants to complete? Each project has published guidelines on how to contribute tasks for your reference.
We hope all of you are as excited about the contest as we are, and we hope to have your help in getting these new contributors up to speed. See you on the mailing list!