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General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Code-in 2011 at Debian. Feel free to add missing sections to it.


Google Code-in, Google's contest to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible, is starting on November 21, 2011. Google is inviting students worldwide to produce a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the organizations participating this year. These tasks include:

If we are selected as a mentoring organisation, 2011 will be the second participation of Debian in the program and we want to replicate the success Debian has had with the Google Summer of Code.

Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

November 9, 2011

Open Source Projects are announced

November 21, 2011, 12:00 AM Pacific Time / 08:00 UTC

Contest opens for entries by student participants

December 16, 2011

Organizations release second wave of tasks to students

January 16, 2012, 12:00 AM Pacific Time / 08:00 UTC

All work stops

February 14, 2012

Google Open Source Programs Office announces the winners via blog post

The full timeline is available here.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of tasks is available here.

I am a student

Familiarize yourself with the communication tools of Debian:

Join the communication channels of the teams or persons involved with the subject you would like to work on and discuss it. Don't be afraid to suggest seemingly crazy or vague ideas, we'll help you and give you suggestions. If you're lost (or even not!), drop in the communication channels of the Summer of Code/Code-in team mentioned below. Remember that early preparation is a guarantee that your proposal will be better!

There is some interesting introductory documentation on this wiki about what Debian is and what Debian is for a developer.

I am a Debian developer

The following applies mainly to GSoC.

Your help is much needed from general organization to individual mentoring. Come see us on IRC or on the mailing-list mentioned below.

This year, we want to improve the communication between Summer of Code projects and the whole Debian community during the whole Summer of Code program, from student/project selection to final code integration into production through testing and feedback.

A lot of information can be found on the Advice for mentors page. A practical mentoring guide can be found here.

Contacting us : Mailing-list, IRC, Twitter and identi.ca


We're also on IRC: #debian-soc in the OFTC network (irc.debian.org). Just drop in and ask your questions. Of course you can also ask in other Debian IRC channels.

#Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebianGSoC or on identi.ca: http://identi.ca/debiangsoc

The Google's Summer of Code general IRC channel is #gsoc in Freenode.


Please add yourself to the relevant tables, preserving alphabetical order of the last names. To get a 'linkid', register on the program web application.





Gegerly Nagy


Ana Guerrero