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Google Selected Benetech for Google Summer of Code

Students to Contribute to Development of Go Read

Every summer, Google sponsors “Google Summer of Code” (GSoC) which offers stipends to postsecondary student developers and pairs them with open source mentoring organizations. Given Google’s high engineering standards, selection as a mentoring organization is a great honor!the Google summer of Code logo

This year, Benetech was awarded three, top-notch students and is asking them to work on Go Read development projects. Go Read is a free, open source, accessible e-book reader for Android phones and tablets.  Currently optimized for visually-impaired readers (and usable by anyone), Go Read allows readers to enjoy Bookshare books whenever and wherever they want.

Student developers will work on:

  • Word-level highlighting synchronized with free and open source text-to-speech voices
  • Accessing Bookshare periodicals and sharing books of interest on Facebook
  • Integration of MathML

These projects will expand the capabilities of Go Read to support additional math content and periodicals, and to support readers with dyslexia.

Students gain valuable software development experience and opportunities for future employment from the summer.

Thank you, Google, for your interest in Benetech and support of students to help with our Android ebook reader!

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