Fellow Rubyists, I’m proud to announce the first annual Ruby Summer of
In the best tradition of Google’s legendary summers of code, Ruby
Central, Engine Y. , and the Rails team  have joined forces to
muster a legend of our own, a new summer program for student Rubyists
to flex their open source might.
- Students are paid a $5000 stipend to work full-time during their
- A group of Ruby gurus volunteer their time as mentors.
- Mentors vote on student proposals based on usefulness, benefit to
the Ruby community, and history of motivated open source contribution.
Check out http://rubysoc.org for the full story, to volunteer as a
mentor, and to sponsor a student.
Student applications begin on April 4. Students, start working on your
proposal now! Rails  and JRuby  have ideas lists up as a
starting point. All Ruby projects are welcome.
This is an entirely volunteer effort. The more we raise, the more
students we can sponsor. 100% of contributions go directly to
students. We already broke the $20,000 mark – 4 summer students –
and we’re aiming for 20 total.
Do you make a living using Ruby? Does your business live and breathe
Rails? It’s a sweet and wonderful path. Donate today at
Let’s make this happen.