General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2018 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.

Debian has been selected as a mentoring organization for 2018! 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, SummerOfCode2015, SummerOfCode2016, SummerOfCode2017.

Ideas list / Participating / Applying

The list of proposed projects is available at: Projects.

I want to participate as student

Be sure you are eligible; check 6.1 "Students Eligibility" for some of the rules.

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!

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 (or co-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


Molly de Blanc


Alexander Wirt


Daniel Pocock


Jaminy Prabaharan



Other Debian Outreach Team members


IRC nick


Laura Arjona Reina


I can help welcoming students and reviewing applications (e.g. ping students if their application is not complete and deadline approaching)

Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

January 4 17:00 UTC

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google

January 23 17:00 UTC

Mentoring organization application deadline

January 23 - February 11

Google program administrators review organization applications

February 12

List of accepted mentoring organizations published

February 12 - March 12

Potential student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations

March 12 16:00 UTC

Student application period begins

March 27 16:00 UTC

Student application deadline

April 23 16:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced

Community Bonding Period

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

May 14

Coding officially begins!

June 11 16:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 1 evaluations

June 15 16:00 UTC

Phase 1 Evaluation deadline

Work Period

Students work on their project with guidance from Mentors

July 9 16:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 2 evaluations

July 13 16:00 UTC

Phase 2 Evaluation deadline

Work Period

Students continue working on their project with guidance from Mentors

August 6 - 14 16:00 UTC

Final week: Students submit their final work product and their final mentor evaluation

August 14 - August 21 16:00 UTC

Mentors submit final student evaluations

August 22

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2018 announced


Mentor Summit at Google

The full timeline is available here.



Organize the promotion of the Google Summer of Code 2018 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2018 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.

See also

Other paid internships and mentor opportunities are available.