Google Summer of Code is a global online program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. GSoC Contributors work with an open source organization on a 12+ week programming project under the guidance of mentors. GSoC’s mission is centered around bringing new contributors into open source communities through mentorship and collaboration.
2023 will be the 19th consecutive year hosting Google Summer of Code. We are keeping the big changes we made leading into the 2022 program, with one adjustment around eligibility described below:
- Increased flexibility in project lengths (10-22 weeks, not a set 12 weeks for everyone).
- Choice of project time commitment (medium at ~175 hours or large at ~350 hours)
- For 2023, we are expanding the program to be open to students and beginners in open source software development.
We invite students and beginners in open source to check out Google Summer of Code. Now that applications are open, please keep a few helpful tips in mind:
- Read the program rules, FAQ, contributor guide, and advice for applying.
- Watch our new Intro to GSoC video, as well as the GSoC Org Highlight videos and Community Talks series, to get inspired about projects that contributors have worked on in the past.
- Review the list of 172 mentoring organizations and use filters to sort by programming language (python, C++, etc.) and by category (data, development tools, infrastructure and cloud, security, etc.).
- Narrow down your list to 2-4 organizations and review their ideas list.
- Reach out to the organizations via their contact methods listed on the GSoC site.
- Engage with your organization early and often.
Interested contributors may register and submit project proposals on the GSoC site from now until Tuesday, April 4th at 18:00 UTC.
Best of luck to all our applicants!
By Stephanie Taylor, Program Manager, and Perry Burnham, Associate Program Manager for the Google Open Source Programs Office