General information

This wiki page will be the central point for information about the Google Summer of Code 2019 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 2019! 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, SummerOfCode2018.

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.

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/Outreachy 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.

The proposed project should also follow some rules:


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


Pranav Jain


Jaminy Prabaharan



Other Debian Outreach Team members


IRC nick


Google timeline

Here are the next steps:

GSOC 2019 Timeline

January 15 20:00 UTC

Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google

February 6 20:00 UTC

Mentoring organization application deadline

February 6 - February 25

Google program administrators review organization applications

February 26 12:00 UTC

List of accepted mentoring organizations published

February 26 - March 25

Potential student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations

March 25 18:00 UTC

Student application period begins

April 9 18:00 UTC

Student application deadline

May 6 18:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced

The full timeline is available here.



Organize the promotion of the Google Summer of Code 2019 at Debian here.

Flyers for 2019 can put on university bulletin boards, etc.

See also

Other paid internships and mentor opportunities are available.