MariaDB is participating in the Google Summer of Code 2014. Students are encouraged to propose a project before the deadline (this Friday!).
In 2013, we had three projects, of which two are in MariaDB 10.0: PCRE regular expressions and Roles. The other will be targeted towards MariaDB 10.1. There’s nothing like having GSoC students participate and have their code in shipping products.
So if you’re interested in all things MariaDB/MySQL, want to make a meaningful contribution to an opensource database, don’t hesitate to apply as a student!