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Please read and follow the [[GSOC_Guide_students|step-by-step guide for students]].
Please read and follow the [[GSOC_Guide_students|step-by-step guide for students]].
=== Student's application ===
=== Student Application ===
Please read and follow the [[GSOC_2017/Student_Application_Process|student application process]].
Please read and follow the [[GSOC_2017/Student_Application_Process|student application process]].

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Students and mentors, please subscribe to the summer-coding mailing list, if you are not already subscribed.

This wiki page serves as the GSoC portal. Please feel free to contact us via summer-coding list for clarifications and more information. You can also use the IRC channel, #fedora-summer-coding[?].


Do you want to contribute to one of the world's leading and innovative Linux distributions? GSoC could be your chance. Please refer to the material below and start contacting mentors.

Why spend your summer working on FOSS?

When you work in the open on free software, you create a body of work that follows you for the rest of your life. Rather than a coding assignment done by thousands of other students and relegated to the bottom of the drawer at semester's end, working in FOSS is a chance to contribute to a living project.

Working in FOSS gives you a chance to:

  • Work with real-world, large codebases.
  • Collaborate with real engineers and other professionals.
  • Contribute to something meaningful while learning and earning.
  • Learn tools and processes that are just like what you are going to use if you work in technology after graduation.
  • Make friends and contacts around the globe.
  • Attract attention that can lead to an internship or job after graduation.
  • Create lifetime connections and associations.

Why work with Fedora?

Our project is large and diverse. We are very experienced at working with new contributors and helping them be successful.

Many of our contributors are long-time contributors. They remain because they want to keep growing the project and to lend their expertise, advice and mentoring to you! People who stay around the community and do good work are noticed. They get hired for jobs from it, including being hired by Red Hat. Past Google Summer of Code students were hired by Red Hat, as well as interns in various positions. This is just an example, as experience and reputation in the Fedora Project communities is influential in your career in many ways.

As a long-standing community with many facets, it is possible for you to find many rewarding sub-projects to work on.

You should know that contributing to FOSS doesn't require you to have super programming skills, or super-anything else. You just need be interested, curious, and willing to become comfortable being productively lost. This is the state of learning. You learn by finding your way around and figuring things out with the support of your mentor and the community.

Step-by-step guide for students

Please read and follow the step-by-step guide for students.

Student Application

Please read and follow the student application process.


In order to clarify matters and/or obtain more information related with this year's GSoC with Fedora, please contact the administrators directly (please consider CCing the summer-coding list where ever possible).

  1. Brian (bex) Exelbierd
  2. Tom Calloway


The contributors of the Fedora Project can propose ideas and mentor them. Please feel free to check following links and please add your ideas to the main idea page. Furthermore, if you are not interested in proposing an idea but still want to support the program, please check the students' idea page and pick one as per your interest.

  1. Manual on Mentoring
  2. Main Idea Page

How to work with students

  • One way is to provide an idea for students to work on. This idea might be very well planned out, in which case you may need a high-level of contact with the student to get it implemented correctly.
  • It is harder to find success where you are completely certain of how an idea needs to be implemented; finding a student with the skills and interest to implement a specific solution is a lot harder than finding a student with enough skills to respond to a use case need.
  • Where you can have looser ideas, you may be able to find a student who works as a sort-of intern who can implement a solution to a use case you have. In past experiences, students going after a use case are more likely to get somewhere with self-direction.
  • You may also want to work with a student who brings an idea to your sub-project. This requires a different level of communication throughout the project, but can be the most rewarding.

Mentor responsibilities

You are an essential part of the student's success, the project's success, and the success for your overall organization (Fedora,, or another).

Your responsibilities include:

  • Being an interface for an identified sub-project or SIG in Fedora.
  • Helping students communicate with the overall project and any upstream.
  • Be the final, accountable person for deciding if the student is successful or not, which affects payment.

List of Mentors


Timeline (Student version)

  • 10 October, 2016: Program announced.
  • 19 January, 2017: 16:00 UTC Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.
  • 09 February: 16:00 UTC Mentoring organization application deadline.
  • 10 - 26 February: Google program administrators review organization applications.
  • 27 February 16:00 UTC List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code site.

Interim Period: Would-be students discuss project ideas with potential mentoring organizations.

  • 20 March: 16:00 UTC Student application period opens.
  • 03 April: 16:00 UTC Student application deadline.

Interim Period: Slot allocation trades happen among organizations. Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

  • 04 May: 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.

  • 30 May: Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects; Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.

Work Period: Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

  • 26 June: 16:00 UTC Mentors and students can begin submitting Phase 1 evaluations.
  • 30 June: 16:00 UTC Phase 1 evaluations deadline; Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.

Work Period: Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

  • 28 July: 16:00 UTC Phase 2 evaluations deadline.
  • 21 to 29 August: 16:00 UTC: Final week: Students tidy code, write tests, improve documentation and submit their code sample. Students also submit their final mentor evaluation.
  • 29 August: Mentors can start submitting final student evaluations.
  • 05 September: 16:00 UTC: Final evaluation deadline
  • 06 September: Final results of Google Summer of Code 2017 announced
  • Late October: Mentor Summit at Google. Mentors and Organization Administrators from each participating organization are invited to Google for an unconference to collaborate on ideas to make the program better and to make new friends too!

Ideas Page


  1. The Four Foundations of Fedora
  2. Official GSoC Resources
  3. Fedora Documentation
  4. IRC
  5. Development