We are proud to say that Google has accepted SilverStripe to be one of only 113 open source projects globally suitable for the the Google Summer of Code 2007. This will see Google pay USD4500 to top students worldwide to participate in the open source programming community and add great new features to SilverStripe. We're also very excited at being the first New Zealand organisation to make the cut since Google began running this in 2005. 

"I feel SilverStripe is a great example of a well-constructed open source project. It makes innovative use of technology but it is easy to use, which is just as important for open source, so it is a good candidate for Google to support.

With so much going on in the web- development arena, it will be easy for Summer of Code developers to contribute, and with the mentors having helped students in the past, we were happy to trust SilverStripe to be the first New Zealand organisation involved."  

-- Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager, Google Inc.


How do I apply? How does it all work?

  1. Demo or download our package and learn how to build SilverStripe sites if you're not already part of our developer community.
  2. Choose one of our project ideas, or come up with your own... 
  3. Submit an inspiring application between March 14-26 which Google and SilverStripe jointly review. This year is expected to similarly competitive as last year (6000 applications for the 600 project spots), so you should read the student application tips. In addition to great programming abilities, we are looking for passion in interface design and innovation. You are also doing yourself a favour by demonstrating that you would stay a long term contributor to SilverStripe past your project.
  4. Successful students are selected by April 9th, and then have to the end of May to plan the project with a mentor (one of the SilverStripe core developers) and learn more about SilverStripe.
  5. You then work on the project over June, July and August, getting two payments based on mid and final evaluations. (See full timeline and program process)


If you have other project ideas, or questions relating to Summer of Code in relation to SilverStripe, definately get in touch.

Either comment below, email me at sigurd@silverstripe.com, or Skype sigurdmagnusson to quickly run high-level ideas by if you wish.

Please note you must use the normal process for submitting your detailed final application.

Good Luck!

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Lloyd, it's been on the to-do list for a while ;) The blog module isn't even in the beta download yet; so that should give you an idea of where we think the feature set is currently :)

Posted on 12 Apr 2007 by Siggy (SilverStripe)

A comment form with out an address (URL) field? This is crazy ;-) You definitely need that WordPress integration.

Posted on 29 Mar 2007 by Lloyd Budd

Thanks Laurel. Today is the last for submissions so last minute publicity is great...

Posted on 26 Mar 2007 by Siggy

uber sweet. Google are lucky to have you in the selection! I blogged about it - click <a href="http://silkcharm.blogspot.com/2007/03/silverstripe-nz-makes-google-summer-of.html">here</a> if linking is allowed on this blog. Or copy and paste this if its' not. http://silkcharm.blogspot.com/2007/03/silverstripe-nz-makes-google-summer-of.html

Posted on 26 Mar 2007 by Laurel Papworth

I will try :-)

Posted on 24 Mar 2007 by zoel

Thanks for all the positive feedback :) Please note that Google has extended the timeframe for receiving applications by a few days, to Monday the 26th, to allow students tow work on them over the weekend. http://groups.google.com/group/google-summer-of-code-announce/browse_thread/thread/72f227109321bba5

Posted on 23 Mar 2007 by Siggy

Congratulations to you all. A great achievement and nice reward for all the hard yards. Really good news to wake up to this morning Siggy

Posted on 22 Mar 2007 by Sheilah Downs

I am proud of you all! :-)

Posted on 21 Mar 2007 by Sarah Downs

Great stuff Siggy – I’m not especially code literate but I get the general thrust! Like the confidence in your company webpage Well done!! R. R

Posted on 21 Mar 2007 by Roger Magnusson au.

Good on you guys! Proud mum!

Posted on 21 Mar 2007 by Inger Magnusson (Siggy's mum!)