General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2017 at Debian.

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 mentoring organizations for Google Summer of Code 2017 haven't yet been determined. However, we hope that we will participate in the program for the tenth time!

You can find information about the previous years on SummerOfCode2006, SummerOfCode2007, SummerOfCode2008, SummerOfCode2009, SummerOfCode2010, SummerOfCode2011 SummerOfCode2012, SummerOfCode2013, SummerOfCode2014, SummerOfCode2015, SummerOfCode2016.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of proposed projects is available at: Projects.

I want to participate as student

The mentoring organization selection is ongoing. We'll let you know once we know if we have been picked!

In the meantime, feel free to contact mentors who are present on the list of projects, or to introduce yourselves to the debian-outreach mailing list.

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.

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 required 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-outreach 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




IRC nick


Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

19 January

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.

9 February

Mentoring organization application deadline.

10-26 February

Google program administrators review organization applications.

27 February

List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2017 site.

Interim period:

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

20 March

Student application period opens.

3 April

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.

4 May

Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2017 site.

Community Bonding Period:

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

30 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.

26-30 June

Mentors and students submit a first round of evaluations.

24-28 July

Mentors and students submit a second round of evaluations.

21-29 August

Interns submit their final evaluations and their code

29 August - 5 September

Mentors and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

6 September

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2017 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 2017 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2017 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.