General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2016 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 2016! We want to make the experience even more exciting and fulfilling this year for the students, the mentors and the whole Debian community this year, so please join us!

You can find information about the previous years on SummerOfCode2006, SummerOfCode2007, SummerOfCode2008, SummerOfCode2009, SummerOfCode2010, SummerOfCode2011 SummerOfCode2012, SummerOfCode2013, SummerOfCode2014, and SummerOfCode2015.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of proposed projects is available at: Projects.

I want to participate as student

Debian has been picked as a mentoring organization! Now is a good time to start perusing our project ideas page, and to start engaging with potential mentors. Please join us on one of our communication channels and let us know what you would like to do!

The student application period is closed. If you haven't submitted a proposal this year, we hope to get you on board next year! You can look at this year's applications for inspiration.

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 unfeasible 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.

When applying, follow the instructions on the Student Application page.

I want to mentor a project in Debian

Come see us on IRC or on the mailing-list mentioned below.

A practical mentoring guide can be found here.

Guidelines for GSoC Projects in Debian

Our 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.



IRC nick


Nicolas Dandrimont


Sylvestre Ledru




IRC nick


Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

13 October 2015:

Program announced.

8 February 19:00 UTC

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.

19 February 19:00 UTC

Mentoring organization application deadline.

20-26 February

Google program administrators review organization applications.

29 February 19:00 UTC

List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2016 site.

Interim period:

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

March 14: 19:00 UTC

Student application period opens.

March 25: 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.

22 April 19:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2016 site.

Community Bonding Period:

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

23 May

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.

20 June 19:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

27 June 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.

15 August

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

23 August 19:00 UTC

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

29 August 19:00 UTC

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

30 August

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2016 announced

Late October

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 2016 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2016 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.