Every year more and more projects get on with Google and their summer code contests. These initiatives are just the right thing to keep interest in a technology and get young (and some times older) developers involved with a framework, API, or general system. The benefit goes both ways, the institution grows the developer base and the contestants usually get nice prizes and some notoriety.
Here is a list of some of the “summer of code” programs you should check out. There are 175 organizations participating. I don’t see IBM, Lotus, or XPages in the list, which is a shame…
If you want to get involved with Eclipse then get with Chris here.
This is exactly what communities like Lotus and IBM need!