GitHub dangles deep cloud service discounts for students

GitHub's Student Developer Pack offers thousands of dollars' worth of developer tools and cloud services for free to students

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GitHub today rolled out the Student Developer Pack, a collection of resources -- some normally only available at significant cost -- for student developers. Twelve other technology companies have partnered with GitHub for this project, to offer their services and products either for free or at a significant discount to students.

DigitalOcean, for instance, is offering $100 in platform credit to students as part of the plan. Domain name registrar and SSL authority Namecheap is providing one year of free registration of a domain name for the .me TLD, along with an SSL certificate. Travis CI brings private builds, and GitHub presents a "micro" account with five private repositories.

Some items are time-limited. Bitnami's Business 3 plan, for example, is free for one year. Others consist of a one-time credit; HackHands, which provides live programming help, offers $25 toward the use of its service. But many of the discounts apply indefinitely as long as the taker remains a student.

The biggest bargain of the package is likely the Crowdflower crowdsourced data collection and cleaning service. It normally runs a whopping $2,500 a month, but the Pack provides free access and $50 of worker credit. But another offering,, is GitHub's own open source, JavaScript-powered text editor that's already freely available.

GitHub offers a number of education initiatives, including free private repositories for educators and discounts for students. The company made available most of its roster of educational freebies earlier this year, though they were confined to GitHub and didn't include any partner programs.

[An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that GitHub was partnering with 14 other companies.]