On 6/13/05, Justin Mason <jm at jmason.org> wrote:
>http://groups-beta.google.com/group/summer-discuss/browse_thread/thread/aaff5ef2ce87e259/421153c96c0e0476>> Countries of applicants for the Google 2005 "Summer of Code" contest;
> Ireland has only 19 applicants, behind about 40 other countries. Not too
> surprising to see the obvious top ones (US, UK, Russia, China, Germany,
> France, Spain) -- but ahead of Ireland we have Estonia, Ukraine, Italy,
> Pakistan, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Mexico, Belarus, and Latvia.
>> Have all the Irish college kids been brainwashed by MS, or something?
> Or are they all already interning at google anyway and therefore
> not permitted by the T&Cs?
Theres 5700 applicants, less than I thought there would be. But still
only 200 places. Not good odds.
The pay is 500 now, 4000 in September, so you'll have no money over
the summer, really. And thats in dollars.
And I'd guess you'd be sitting at home coding on your own. That's no fun.
Now consider college students. Go to america, go interrailing, even
get a job in a pub where you meet people and hang out. If you dont
already have a job; the contest was declared very late. And it's not
even decided now, and some colleges have been finished a month.
So the fact that so few have applied is hardly surprising.
paul.biggar at gmail.com
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