Get ready for Google Summer Of Code 2022

There’s a new website for Google Summer of Code this year – to reflect its extended mandate. GSoC is no longer just for students, which means anyone 18 and older who has free time this summer and wants to get involved in open source software development can apply to the program to become a contributor.


Google just announced that after reviewing 350 applications, 203 mentoring organizations were selected for GSoc 2022, including 32 newcomers to the program. The complete list is available here: gsocorgs2022

Competition is likely to be just as stiff for contributors, so even if the application period isn’t until next month, now is the time to start working on your applications – especially if you’re a beginner. Stephanie Taylor, writing on the Google Open Source Blog has advice, which I heavily annotated:

  • look What is the GSoC? and Be a GSoC contributor.
    These videos are from 2017 and 2018 respectively, so don’t be put off by the word “student”. which takes place before coding begins) makes it convenient for students.
  • Discover the new version Contributor’s Guide and Tips for applying to the GSoC document – and take particular note of its full stop printed in capitals: DON’T WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE TO APPLY
  • Review the list of accepted organizations and find two to four that interest you and read their lists of project ideas. Mentoring organizations were chosen partly on the basis of the quality of their project ideas, but if you have an idea you want to pursue, most organizations will be willing to consider it – as long as you take the right approach. and contact them as suggested.
  • When you see an idea that piques your interest, contact the organization through their preferred communication methods (listed on their organization page on the GSoC program website). Don’t forget that many other potential contributors will be vying for the obviously attractive projects. Sell ​​yourself on first contact – do you have specialist knowledge or relevant expertise
  • Discuss with mentors and the community to determine if this project idea is something you would like to work on during the program. Find a project that motivates you, otherwise it could be a tough summer for you and your mentor.
    It’s also an opportunity to see how easy it is to get along with a mentor. Finding someone you can communicate well with is probably key to the success of the project. Additionally, as GSoC aims to forge lasting relationships between new contributors and open source communities, this is an opportunity to test the welcome of different organizations.
  • Use the information you received from your communications with mentors and other members of the organization’s community to write your proposal. Before you start writing, find out what information is required by the relevant organization – there may even be a template you can use, like the one provided by the Linux Foundation.

In addition to extending the program to non-students this year, there are two project sizes – 175 hour projects and 350 hour projects – and flexibility on coding period dates as long as it can be extended. to 22 weeks by agreement between the mentor and the contributor. This provides some leeway for interruptions such as exams, travel, illness, different mid-year break dates. It also gives more people the opportunity to participate, which of course is Google’s reason for being so accommodating.


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