OWASP kicks off Summer of Code 2008

Participants in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Summer of Code program receive money for working on OWASP and Web application security projects.

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has kicked off its Summer of Code program for 2008.

The Summer of Code (SoC) 2008 is an open sponsorship program in which participants are paid to work on OWASP and Web security projects. It is also an opportunity for individual or company sponsors to challenge the participants to work in areas in which they are willing to invest additional funding.

The initial budget for SoC 2008 will be $100,000, and it is funded by OWASP using current membership fees and profits from past conferences. In parallel with the Request for Proposals, OWASP is inviting individuals and companies that benefit from OWASP projects to join OWASP as a member. In addition to the current membership benefits, the new OWASP members will be able to allocate membership fees to SoC 2008 projects they are interested in.

There are no restrictions on who can apply for an OWASP Summer of Code 2008 sponsorship. The only requirement is that the candidate shows the potential to accomplish the project's objectives and the commitment to dedicate the time required to complete it in the allocated time frame. (Projects must be completed by Aug. 30, 2008.) Prospective candidates should visit the SoC 2008 Web site for more information.

Schedule
March 25 -- Deadline for project applications.

April 2 -- Selected applications published and SoC 2008 projects begin.

June 15 -- Participants to report on project status.

Aug. 31 -- SoC projects complete. Participants should deliver final project report.

For more information, contact the project manager for the OWASP Summer of Code 2008, Paulo Coimbra, at paulo.coimbra@owasp.org.

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