Google Summer of Code/2018

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Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. OpenStreetMap has participated almost every year for a long time, and participates again as a mentoring organization in 2018. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits.

More information about the project as a whole is available on the GSoC web site.

Time line

The official timetable for Google Summer of Code is provided on the GSoC timeline page. OpenStreetMap is applying as a mentoring organization again this year!

Potential student projects

Project ideas

If you're a community member and you have a good idea for a project, please start with posting your ideas at the project ideas page. If you're not sure about your idea, start a discussion on the OSM Developers Mailing List to seek views from other developers. The idea is to find out if your idea is feasible in the timescales of Google Summer of Code. You may also ask on the #osm-gsoc channel on IRC or the organization admin Peda.

Things to do

To participate in the program, we will need to do the following (at least!):

  • Announce participation on Dev mailing list
  • Make an application to Google for OSM to be a 'Mentoring Organization' (4. January 2018)
  • Produce a list of possible student projects - /Project Ideas.
  • Identify the interview process for prospective students.
  • Invite students to make proposals to participate in Google Summer of Code with OpenStreetMap. - This is really part of the GSoC application process, but if you know a student that would be interested, please point them to this page.
  • Identify Mentors from the OSM community to look after the students.
  • Choose which student proposals to accept, and match them to mentors.
  • Get on and help them achieve their project goals! - see Accepted Projects.

OpenStreetMap's application to GSoC

TODO. Last year's application can be found here.