The Semester of Code (SoC) is an initiative of the European VALS project, which allows students of degrees of computer science addressing real business problems raised by companies and OSS Foundations, and get rewards from resolving them reflecting it in their formal education.There are three main stakeholders in this project:
- Universities, who want to offer authentic teaching and assessment opportunities using current industry best practices.
- Students, who want to obtain relevant experience and to make contacts in the industry that they can use to help start their career after graduation.
- Employers, who are seeking graduates with real-world programming experience and related soft skills such as communicating in distributed project teams and working with contemporary development tools and practices.
VALS Project creates the Semester of Code, bringing together Academic Supervisors from Higher Education (HE), mentors who are problem owners at enterprises and foundations, and students. These stakeholders work together in a virtual placement that allows to raise problems and track the resolving process.