Boost C++ Libraries
Since 2005, Boost has participated in the Google Summer of Code™, initiative, a program by which student developers are sponsored for their contributions within open source organizations willing to mentor the participants.
Currently the application process begins around December/January by the student reviewing past GSoC project ideas and approaching the Boost developers mailing list to find a mentor willing to mentor them and codevelop a project proposal to be submitted to Google for funding the coming summer. Students should expect to be flexible with regard to what topics and proposals mentors are willing to mentor.
If you arrive to the process too late to prearrange a mentor, some potential mentors supply prewritten project proposals with C++ programming competency tests on this year's GSoC Project Ideas page. If you have in the past made a substantial contribution to a well known open source project, it may be possible to skip the C++ programming competency exam.
Github's for standalone GSoCs past and present
Since 2013 with Boost's transition to git we have kept a single umbrella org on github for those GSoCs which are fairly self standing. Incremental extensions to existing libraries usually enter that library's main git repo as an experimental branch. Here are those orgs:
- GSoC 2013: https://github.com/BoostGSoC13
- GSoC 2014: https://github.com/BoostGSoC14
- GSoC 2015: https://github.com/BoostGSoC15
Students may find examining past GSoC source code and commit histories of use.