OpenNMS has been a project in every GSoC since 2008, thus this is our 6th year. Wow.
For those of you who are unaware of the GSoC, this is a program where Google sponsors work on open source projects by matching programming students with mentors within the project’s organization. Furthermore, Google pays those students a stipend of US$5000.
When I was a student, I spent my summers making string trimmer casings in a plastics plant.
Considering that there are 177 projects involving over 1200+ students, this represents an investment by Google of over US$6.6M (the mentoring organizations receive $500 each per student).
Hats off to Google for giving back to the community in a big way.