A musical notation system for KOffice, a cross-platform kiosk browser, a help system editor for GNOME -- these are just a few of the projects completed in this year's Google Summer of Code (SOC) event, during which Google paid students to work on free and open source software projects. The innovations in this third year appear to have enriched the experience for participants, but not affected the project completion rate.
First, the official statistics: According to Chris Ulbrich, who manages global communications and public affairs at Google, 905 students participated this year, an increase of almost 45% from last year. These students were selected from 6,200 applications, and interacted with 1,500 mentors in 130 programs in more than 90 countries worldwide. The program overall ran on a budget of $4 million.