By Maijaliisa Burkert on Apr 23, 2009
Today, Sun and the Ministry of Education of China announced the China Innovation Program for Students (CHIPS). CHIPS is a student development program that provides mentoring and training on some of the world's leading open source technologies.
The program will involve technology students from 10 universities throughout China that will be split into three teams per university. Each team will be tasked to develop a project with open source technologies over the course of six months. The students will be building an online virtual collaboration site that other students can use as an online educational community.
“In China and countries all over the world, Sun is finding that open source technologies and the knowledge to support them are more relevant and sought after than ever before,” said Lin Lee, vice president at Global Communities at Sun.
I couldn't agree more. Within the first two hours of Sun announcing this on their Facebook page, students from the following countries have already asked, 'when is Sun going to come here?'
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
I thought it was amazing to see so many requests in only two hours from literally all across the world. It really shows that students are anxious to learn open source technologies, which clearly shows that open source is really the future of software. To me, this is inspiring and really validates the hundreds of thousands of hours that have been poured into Sun's open-source programs.