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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2017

Last date to apply

For Mentoring Organisations: 9 Feb 2017

For Students: 3 April 2017

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About Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a coding program on global level organised by Google for helping & developing students with open source, free software and technology-related organisations to write code and paid stipends to do it during their summer break. Students interested in writing source codes can apply to get exposure to real-world software development and many job opportunities as well. Google Summer of Code is an online programme is organised for both students and mentor organisations to bring up the talented new developers from over 100 countries.

Google Summer of Code is started in 2005 as a complex experiment with a simple goal to bring up the open source developers who are working full time or part time or in Schools/Colleges. The main objectives and the motive of this stipend programme are mentioned below:

  • Get more open source code written and released for the benefit of all.
  • Inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development.
  • Help open source projects identify and bring in new developers.
  • To provide an opportunity to the students to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer: "flip bits, not burgers."
  • Give students more exposure to real-world software development (for example, distributed development and version control, software licensing issues, and mailing list etiquette).

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) - What are mentoring organisations?

Every year Google enlists the mentoring organisations and those organisations are given a time slot to register themselves. Students can choose those mentoring organisations as per their area of interest and skills of the applicants along with this students can choose from. 

  • Firstly, the registrations are welcomed by those mentoring organisations with the projects related to the real-time software development and working on the Open Source Code(Also known as Open Source Organisations).
  • Secondly, the list of the accepted organisations are presented by the GSoC team, and applicants can choose the best organisation or projects as per their area of interest and skills. Students after the selection will become the part of the GSoCOpen Source Community. Ideally, they will find the organisations they are enthusiastic to be a part of.
    • Students will have to work individually on each project and the proposals for choosing the mentor organisations are to be submitted to google, not to the organisations

Google Summer of Code 2017 Important Dates


Schedule For the GSoC Mentoring Organisations



Mentoring organisations can begin submitting applications to Google

19 January 2017
16:00 UTC

Mentoring organisation application deadline

9 February 2017
16:00 UTC

Google program administrators review organisation applications

10 to 26 February 2017

List of accepted mentoring organisations published

27 February 2017
16:00 UTC

Schedule for GSoC Participants

Potential student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organisations

27 Feb- 20 March 2017

Student application period opens

20 March 2017
16:00 UTC

Student application deadline

3 April 2017
16:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced

1 May 2017
16:00 UTC

Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects

Community Bonding Period

Program Coding Begins Officially

Coding officially begins!

30 May 2017

Students work on their project with guidance from Mentors

Work Period

Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 1 evaluations

26 June 2017
16:00 UTC

Phase 1 Evaluation deadline; Google begins issuing student payments

30 June 2017
16:00 UTC

Students work on their project with guidance from Mentors

Working Period

Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 2 evaluations

24 July 2017
16:00 UTC

Students continue working on their project with guidance from Mentors

Work Period

Phase 2 Evaluation deadline

28 July 2017
16:00 UTC

Final week: Students submit their final work product and their final mentor evaluation

20 to 29 August 2017
16:00 UTC

Mentors submit final student evaluations

29 Aug to 5 Sept
16:00 UTC

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2017 announced

6 September 2017

Mentor Summit at Google

Late October

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Google Summer of Code Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region Global
Class/ Age  At least 18 years old
  • For Participating Students
    • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
    • Candidate must currently be a full or part-time student (or have been accepted for the fall term) at an accredited university as of the student acceptance date.
    • Candidate must be eligible to work in the country you will reside in during the program.
    • The candidate has not already been accepted as a Student in GSoC more than once.
    • Candidate must reside in a country that is not currently embargoed by the United States. See Program Rules for more information.
  • For Mentoring Organisations
    • It must be a group running an active free/open source software project, e.g. BRL-CAD
    • It must have already produced and released software under an Open Source Initiative-approved license and have at least two contributors to serve as organisation administrators and/or mentors for the entire program in order to participate in the program.

Google Summer of Code Reward

Selected candidates will get a chance to work with open source, free software and technology-related organisations to write code and they will be paid for it. Only those students will be eligible for the stipend who have successfully completed their Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Program. A stipend of $5500 would be paid after the completion of the program along with that Google can provide documentation to participants school/College so that they can obtain course credit after the positive final evaluation from the participant's mentor.

GSoC Rewards
  • Stipend of $5500
  • Certificates and Documentation to the applicant's institute for course credits
  • A Cool T-Shirt
  • Being a successful GSoC student is in fact a prestigious achievement.

Google Summer of Code Application form and Process

The Google Summer of Code Application process will be done through online mode. The application process for students will begin on 20 March 2017. Interested candidates can visit the official website of Google to apply in google summer of code. Applicants must also note that there is no registration fee for registrations to GSoC. 

 For Students - Apply Online Here
(The link will be activated on 20 March 2017)

List of Documents to be Uploaded

The candidates are required to submit their proof of enrollment in a post-secondary school program, including but not limited to colleges, universities, community colleges, or technical/vocational educational programs. All documents must clearly show candidate’s name and the name of the issuing school. These should match what is entered on the GSoC website. Candidates can only upload one file, in case the of multiple pages, a PDF is suggested. Supported formats are PDF, JPG, PNG. Other file formats will not be accepted.

Any “one” of the following documents is considered acceptable proof of enrollment:

  • A scanned copy of your student identification card showing that you are enrolled as of 22 April 2016. An expiration date of 2016 or later or another indication of enrollment in the 2015/2016 school year is acceptable. An identification card that only contains the date you started school is not acceptable.
  • A transcript or course list showing the courses you are enrolled in that includes 22 April 2016. Transcript in .txt format is NOT acceptable.
  • A letter from your college student affairs or admissions office stating that you are enrolled as a student for the time period that includes 22 April 2016.
  • A letter from your college or university stating that you have been accepted to attend the school for the next semester/grading period starting on or before 30 September 2016.

Google Summer of Code 2017 Application Submission

The application of Google Summer of Code 2017 will submit through online mode only. The last date of application form submission for students is 3 April 2017. The applications are not required to be submitted via post or in hard copy.

There is no application fee required to be paid in favour of this programme, This programme is free of cost to the students, in fact, a stipend is paid to the students on successful completion of the programme.

Google Summer of Code Contact Details

Email: gsoc-support@google.com

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