Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.
As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognized as the world's largest search engine -- an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.
Note: Google's Ideas page currently links to a list of project ideas for Google Web Toolkit (GWT).
GWT is an open source Java development framework that allows developers to leverage existing Java tools to produce cross-browser compliant AJAX applications.
Google will continue to act as a 'container' organization for students working with a mentor from academia or industry. For more information, please see the question 'What if there is no organization doing the kind of open source work I'm doing?' in the program FAQs, Mentoring Organizations section.