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The Google Summer of Code, often abbreviated to GSoC, is an international annual program, first held from May to August 2005, in which Google awards stipends of US$5,500, as of 2016 to all students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer The program is open to university students aged 18 or over

The idea for the Summer of Code came directly from Google's founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page From 2007 until 2009 Leslie Hawthorn, who has been involved in the project since 2006, was the program manager From 2010 until 2015, Carol Smith was the program manager In 2016, Stephanie Taylor took over management of the program


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 History
    • 21 2005
    • 22 2006
    • 23 2007
    • 24 2008
    • 25 2009
    • 26 2010
    • 27 2011
    • 28 2012
    • 29 2013
    • 210 2014
    • 211 2015
    • 212 2016
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


The program invites students who meet their eligibility criteria to post at most 5 applications that detail the software-coding project they wish to work on These applications are then evaluated by the corresponding mentoring organization Every participating organization must provide mentors for each of the project ideas received, if the organization is of the opinion that the project would benefit from them The mentors then rank the applications and decide among themselves which proposals to accept Google then decides how many projects each organization gets taking into account the number of applications the organization has received, and asks the organizations to mark at most that many projects accordingly

In the event of a single student being marked in more than one organization, Google mediates between all the involved organizations and decides who "gets" that student The other mentoring organization then unmarks the student and marks a new proposal for acceptance, or gives their slot back to the pool, after which it is redistributed

Google has published the top 15 schools of current year for the period 2005–2016 The list is as follows:

Rank School Country # of accepted students, 2005–2016
1 International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad India 252
2 University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka 320
3 University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest Romania 155
4 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Goa campus India 110
5 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Pilani campus India 116
6 Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay India 75
7 Indian Institutes of Technology, Kharagpur India 92
8 Indian Institutes of Technology, Roorkee India 57
9 Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi India 33
11 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati India 38
12 University of Buea Cameroon 26
13 Delhi Technological University India 60
14 Indian Institute of Technology BHU Varanasi India 37
15 TU Munich Germany 45



In 2005, more than 8,740 project proposals were submitted for the 200 available student positions Due to the overwhelming response, Google expanded the program to 419 positions

The mentoring organizations were responsible for reviewing and selecting proposals, and then providing guidance to those students to help them complete their proposal Students that successfully completed their proposal to the satisfaction of their mentoring organization were awarded $4500 and a Google Summer of Code T-shirt, while $500 per project was sent to the mentoring organization Approximately 80% of the projects were successfully completed in 2005, although completion rates varied by organization: Ubuntu, for example, reported a completion rate of only 64%, and KDE reported a 67% completion rate Many projects were continued past summer, even though the SOC period was over, and some changed direction as they developed

For the first Summer of Code, Google was criticized for not giving sufficient time to open source organizations so they could plan projects for the Summer of Code Despite these criticisms there were 41 organizations involved, including FreeBSD, Apache, KDE, Ubuntu, Blender, Mozdev, and Google itself

According to a blog post by Chris DiBona, Google's open source program manager, "something like 30 percent of the students stuck with their groups past SoC " Mozilla developer Gervase Markham also commented that none of the 10 Google-sponsored Mozilla projects survived after the event However, the Gaim now Pidgin project was able to enlist enough coding support through the event to include the changes into Gaim now Pidgin 20; the Jabber Software Foundation now XMPP Standards Foundation and KDE project also counted a few surviving projects of their own from the event KDE only counted 1 continuing project from out of the 24 projects which it sponsored


In 2006, around 6,000 applications were submitted, less than the previous year because all applicants were required to have Google Accounts, thereby reducing the number of spam applications received Google and most mentors are also of the opinion that the proposals were of much higher quality than 2005's applications Also, the number of participating organizations more than doubled to 102 In addition to the organizations that participated in 2005, organizations such as Debian, GNU, Gentoo, Adium, PHP, and ReactOS participated in 2006 Google had decided to sponsor around 600 projects

The student application deadline was extended until 2006-05-09, at 11:00 PDT Although the results were to be declared by 5:00 PM PDT, there was considerable delay in publishing it as Google had not expected several students to be selected in more than one organization Google allows one student to undertake only one project as part of the program It took Google several hours to resolve the duplicate acceptances The acceptance letters were sent out on May 24, at 3:13 AM PDT, but the letters were also sent out to some 1,600 applicants who had in fact, not been accepted by Google's SoC committee At 3:38 AM PDT, Chris DiBona posted an apology to the official mailing list, adding that "We're very deeply sorry for this If you received two e-mails, one that said you were accepted and one that you were not, this means you were not"

Google has released a final list of projects accepted into the program on the SoC website The proposals themselves were visible to the public for a few hours, after which they were taken down in response to complaints by the participants about the "sensitive and private" information that their applications contained However, Google has since resolved these issues by allowing each student involved in Summer of Code to provide a brief abstract message that is publicly viewable and completely separate from the content of the actual proposal that was submitted to Google

The Summer of Code 2006 ended on 2006-09-08 According to Google, 82% of the students received a positive evaluation at the end of the program


In 2007, Google accepted 131 organizations and over 900 students Those 131 organizations had a total of nearly 1500 mentors

Students were allowed to submit up to 20 applications although only one could be accepted Google received nearly 6,200 applications

To allow more students to apply, Google extended the application deadline from March 24 to March 26 at the last minute It was then extended again to March 27

On April 11, the acceptance letters were delayed due to additional efforts involved in resolving duplicate submissions At one point, the web interface changed each application to have a status of Not Selected Google officials reported that only the acceptance email was the definitive indication of acceptance


In 2008, Google chose 174 open source organizations to participate in Summer of Code, greatly increased from 131 the year before and 102 in 2006 Each organization was chosen based on a number of criteria, such as the virtue of the projects, the ideas given for students to work on, and the ability of the mentors to ensure students successfully completed projects Nearly 7100 proposals were received for the 2008 Summer of Code, of which 1125 were selected

The university results were announced on May 8, 2008 at Google's "Open Source at Google" blog According to it, University of Moratuwa came first in both "Top 10 Universities of 2008 GSoC applicants" and "Top 10 accepted universities 2008 GSoC" categories Wrocław University of Technology able to secure the second place in "2008 GSoC Accepted: Top 10 Universities" category, while Universidade Estadual de Campinas became second in "2008 GSoC Applicants: Top 10 Universities" category


For 2009 Google reduced the number of software projects to 150, and capped the number of student projects it would accept at 1,000, 85 percent of which were successfully completed

As of 2009, University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka ranks first in terms of the number of awards received by students for the five-year period 2005–2009 securing 79 accepted students


In 2010 Google accepted 150 software projects and 1,026 students from 69 countries worldwide The top ten countries by number of students accepted in 2010 are: United States 197, India 125, Germany 57, Brazil 50, Poland 46, Canada 40, China 39, United Kingdom 36, France 35, Sri Lanka 34


The number of organizations was increased to 175, of which 50 were new 1,115 students were accepted

A total of 595 different universities participated in the program, 160 of which were new to the program The 13 universities with the highest number of students accepted into the 2011 Google Summer of Code account for 145% of the students

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka secured first position in 2011's program with 27 accepted students Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania was the second with 23 accepted students while Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India placed third with 14 students

The breakdown of college degrees for the 2011 Google Summer of Code program was as follows: 55% of the students were undergraduates, 233% were pursuing their master's degrees, 102% were working on their PhDs and 115% did not specify which degree they were working toward


Google announced the Google Summer of Code 2012 on February 4, 2012 On April 23, 2012, Google announced that 1,212 proposals were accepted in 180 organizations For the first time since inception, the highest number of GSoC participants came from India 227 followed by the USA 173 and Germany 72 The University of Moratuwa continued its dominance with 29 selections, followed by Indian tech school BITS Pilani with 26 selections from its Goa and Pilani campuses


Google announced the Google Summer of Code 2013 on February 11, 2013 On April 8, 2013, Google announced that 177 open source projects and organizations would take part that year 1,192 student project proposals were accepted


Google announced the Google Summer of Code 2014 on February 3, 2014 On April 21, 2014, Google announced that 190 open source projects and organizations would take part that year 1,307 student project proposals were accepted


Google announced the Google Summer of Code 2015 on February 9, 2015 On March 2, 2015, Google announced that 137 open source projects and organizations would take part that year, some notable exceptions including Mozilla, the Linux Foundation, and the Tor Project The student application period began on March 16, 2015 The accepted student proposals were announced on April 27, 2015, with 1051 student proposals accepted The highest number of GSoC participants came from India 335 followed by the USA 127 and Sri Lanka 58


Google announced the Google Summer of Code 2016 on February 9, 2016 The deadline for organization application was set to February 19, 2016 The student application period began on March 14, 2016, and student application deadline was set to March 25, 2016 180 organizations were accepted It saw 18,981 total registered students up 36% from 2015 with 7,543 student proposals from 5,107 students in 142 countries The accepted student proposals were announced on April 22, 2016, with 1,206 student proposals accepted


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Byfield, Bruce September 2005 "Google's Summer of Code concludes first year" linuxcom Retrieved 2013-08-08 Google's Summer of Code SOC, a program that matched computer science students with free and open source software FOSS projects and paid for results, is over 
  2. ^ "Google Summer Of Code 2016 FAQ" Retrieved 10 Oct 2016 
  3. ^ Guidelines for Google Summer of CodeTM Press Materials 2009
  4. ^ "Guidelines for Google Summer of CodeTM Press Materials 2010" 
  5. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2016 Stats - Part 2" Blogspot Retrieved 25 August 2016 
  6. ^ "Was Google's Summer of Code a Boon or Bust" internetnewscom 
  7. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2006" This is a page lists the students and organizations that participated in the Google Summer of Code 2006 program ReactOS 
  8. ^ "Summer of Code Student Applications Now Open - Slashdot" slashdotorg 
  9. ^ "Google Summer of Code 2007" Google Developers 28 January 2013 
  10. ^ Google Code FAQ – Can a student submit more than one application
  11. ^ "Summer of Code Student Application Deadline Looms - Slashdot" slashdotorg 
  12. ^ "Google Summer of Code Announce: Student Application Deadline Extended to 16:00 UTC March 27, 2007" googlecom 
  13. ^ Top 10 Universities for Google Summer of Code 2008; 2008
  14. ^ Kerner, SM internetnewscom Google Summer of Code 2009 opens up with Melange; 2009
  15. ^ "Google Open Source Blog: Announcing Accepted Students for Google Summer of Code™ 2009" Google Open Source Blog 
  16. ^ GSOC 2009 official home page
  17. ^ "Google Open Source Blog: Tasty New Google Summer of Code Stats" Google Open Source Blog 
  18. ^ socghopappspotcom List of Accepted Organizations for Google Summer of Code 2010; 2010
  19. ^ Smith, Carol google-opensourceblogspotcom Google Summer of Code 2010: Meet the Students!; 2010
  20. ^ Google Summer of Code 2011 Mentoring Organizations Announced; 2011
  21. ^ Accepted organisations for Google Summer of Code 2011; 2011
  22. ^ Accepted students for Google Summer of Code 2011; 2011
  23. ^ Who's Being Schooled; 2011
  24. ^ Google Summer of Code 2012 is on!; 2012
  25. ^ Students Announced for Google Summer of Code 2012; 2012
  26. ^ "Statistics of Google Summer of Code 2012" 
  27. ^ "Corrected Stats" 
  28. ^ "Flip bits, not burgers: Google Summer of Code 2013 is on!" 2013-02-11 Retrieved 2013-04-10 
  29. ^ "Mentoring Organizations for Google Summer of Code 2013 Announced" 2013-04-08 Retrieved 2013-04-10 
  30. ^ "GSoC names mentors, GNOME seeks internship applicants" The H Online 2013-04-09 Retrieved 2013-04-10 
  31. ^ a b "Google Summer of Code 2014" 2014-02-03 
  32. ^ "Students Announced for Google Summer of Code 2014" 2014-04-21 
  33. ^ Verma, Adarsh "Mozilla, Linux and Tor Not Accepted for Google Summer of Code 2015" fossBytes http://googlecom/+Fossbytes Retrieved 2015-11-08  External link in |publisher= help
  34. ^ "Google Open Source Blog: Mentoring Organizations for Google Summer of Code 2015" Google Open Source Blog 
  35. ^ "Google Summer of Code: Accepted projects list" Google melange 
  36. ^ "GSoC 2015 stats part 1: All about the countries" Google Open Source Blog 
  37. ^ "Google Summer of Code marches on!" Google Open Source Blog Retrieved 2016-04-18 
  38. ^ http://google-opensourceblogspotcomes/2016/04/students-announced-for-google-summer-ofhtml Students announced for Google Summer of Code 2016

External links

  • Free software portal
  • Official website
  • InternetNews article on SoC success rate
  • InternetNews article on the results of SoC 2006
  • #gsoc connect on freenode

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