As many of you know, last year was our inaugural year of JSoC to supplement GSoC. While we very much hope to get our minimum slots requested through GSoC each year, this year, again our allocated slots were fewer than our requested minimum.
We are grateful for Google and the GSoC program for funding 16 awesome projects this year but we did not want to lose out on excellent students/proposals. Beyond the 16 students who will participate in GSoC funded by Google, we have decided to fund a further 9 students—selected through the same process—using the non-profit funds of the Julia project (at NumFOCUS ). These funds come from charitable donations, surpluses of past JuliaCons, and also include some additional funds we have received for specific projects. We will offer a stipend of USD 2000 to each student we select for this program. Every JSoC student will receive an official certificate of participation in addition to the stipend upon successful completion of their project.
In total, this is a substantial spending commitment for the project, especially given the likely loss of ticket sales revenue due to JuliaCon being virtual. If you have donated to the Julia project or sponsored JuliaCon in the past, thank you—that is what has made it possible for us to do this. If you can help fund some of this, either directly via donation or via sponsorship of JuliaCon, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope this allows us to reap the benefits from the work of a truly impressive set of students. We are all super excited to see what they achieve.
Logan, Avik, and Chris
Edit: Here is a combined list of all projects: https://julialang.org/blog/2020/05/jsoc-gsoc2020/