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General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2013 at Debian. The Google Summer of Code is a program where Google pays students stipends to work over the summer on free software projects such as Debian. Each student works with one or more mentors from the community to complete a software project. The Google Summer of Code has started again this year. Debian has been selected as a mentoring organization for 2013. This will be the eighth participation of Debian in the program and we want to again improve on our participation to make the experience even more exciting and fulfilling this year for the students, the mentors and the whole Debian community.

You can find information about the previous years on SummerOfCode2006, SummerOfCode2007, SummerOfCode2008, SummerOfCode2009, SummerOfCode2010, SummerOfCode2011 and SummerOfCode2012.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of proposed projects is available at: Projects.

I want to participate as student

The student application period is closed. If you haven't submitted a proposal this year, we hope to get you on board next year!

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 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. A lot of information about being a Summer of Code student can be found on the Advice for students page.

When applying, please use the Application Template and add your application to the Student Application page.

I want to mentor a project in Debian

Call for mentors and projects:

Come see us on IRC or on the mailing-list mentioned below. To register in the web application, you need to go to Debian's GSoC2013 project page and register yourself as a mentor (old registrations from the last years have not been moved to the new page).

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

Guidelines for GSoC Projects in Debian

- Mentors are strongly encouraged to provide prospective students with some small (i.e. that can be accomplished in at most a few hours) task related to the proposed project. This will help both the mentor and student decide if they are a suitable match for each other and the project. In the case that the Debian GSoC team has to rank projects, the results of this small task will also help give confidence in a project-mentor-student matchup.


We use the following mailing list: All students and mentors are welcome to subscribe.

We're also on IRC: #debian-soc in the OFTC network ( Just drop in and ask your questions.

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 GSoC web application.





David Bremner


Nicolas Dandrimont


Sukhbir Singh

Paul Tagliamonte






Olly Betts


Sylvestre Ledru


Dan Colish


Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

February 11:

Program announced. Life is good.

March 18: 19:00 UTC

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.

March 29: 19:00 UTC

Mentoring organization application deadline.

April 1-5:

Google program administrators review organization applications.

April 8: 19:00 UTC

List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2013 site.

April 9-21:

Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.

April 22: 19:00 UTC

Student application period opens.

May 3: 19:00 UTC

Student application deadline.

Interim Period:

Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

May 6:

 Mentoring organizations should have requested slots in Google Summer of Code 2013 site at this point.

 May 8:

Slot allocations published to mentoring organizations.

 Interim period

Slot allocation trades happen amongst organizations. Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

May 22:

First round of de-duplication checks happens; organizations work together to try to resolve as many duplicates as possible.

May 24:

All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor - 07:00 UTC. Student acceptance choice deadline. IRC meeting to resolve any outstanding duplicate accepted students - 19:00 UTC #gsoc

May 27: 19:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2013 site.

Community Bonding Period:

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

June 17:

Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects; Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.

Work Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

July 29: 19:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

August 2: 19:00 UTC

Mid-term evaluations deadline; Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.

Work Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

September 16:

Suggested 'pencils down' date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.

September 23: 19:00 UTC

Firm 'pencils down' date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

September 27: 19:00 UTC

Final evaluation deadline. Google begins issuing student and mentoring organization payments provided forms and evaluations are on file.

September 27: 19:00 UTC

Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google

October 1:

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2013 announced

October 19 - 20:

Mentor Summit at Google: Representatives from each successfully participating organization are invited to Google to greet, collaborate and code. Our mission for the weekend: make the program even better, have fun and make new friends.

The full timeline is available here.



Organize the promotion of the Google Summer of Code 2013 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2013 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.