Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

India: Code For Freedom

Sun in India has started a coding contest for university students -- Sun Code for Freedom. The contest is designed to increase participation in open source and encourage academic developers to contribute code to OpenSolaris, Project GlassFish, NetBeans, Apache Derby, and Open Portal. Actually, this program could really help facilitate new developer relationships across all these projects in India, and that's really cool. I see the Bangalore OpenSolaris User Group already getting involved, as I'm sure the other user groups in India will as well.

Also, the announcement has generated some press coverage in India, too -- Sun wants Indian contribution to open source: "This contest is about creating opportunities for students in India to learn more about open source technology and it is a unique contest in India," said Anil Gupta, vice president, India Engineering Centre, Sun Microsystems. "It is unique in combination in three ways: It offers an opportunity to students to work on real source code, real problem and make a real difference. We provide support to help them contribute to open source and we are offering this across the wide spectrum of technology from open source to applications."
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