Google Summer of Code 2020 Announced
Google has announced that their GSoC program will keep going for it's 16th year in 2020. This a program where free software projects can have Google pay students to work on their software as long as they provide a helpful mentor and follow some basic guidelines. Big and small free software project participated in it in 2019 with fruitful results for KDE, GNOME and other projects.
Google announced GSoC 2020 on December 9th, 2019. "Open source" organizations can apply to participate from January 14th, 2020. Student applications open up on March 25th.
Anonymous KDE project sources have confirmed that they will "Of course :)" be applying to participate in GSoC 2020. Several different projects are planned.
The GNOME project were not asked for comment. Perhaps they will so a GSoC project on removing themes functionality and other basic features like setting a custom wallpaper so GNOME can provide a "more consistent GNOME experience" on all desktops. This has been planned for some time but not implemented due to a vocal minority who rightly points out that it would end what little reason there is to use that smart-TV desktop.
Students who participate in the program get paid for their participation. The free software projects they work with provide mentors and some, like KDE, provide teams to with. Most of the work is done remotely; students do not need to worry about excessive travel costs.
Google will be accepting "40-50 new organizations" to participate in GSoC 2020. This is an opportunity smaller free software projects should consider and the time to start preparing is now.
More details on this program can be found at summerofcode.withgoogle.com/how-it-works/.