Student Guide

Additional Resources

We've collected our favorite and most useful resources specific to GSoC here.

General Resources

You want to take a look at the Program Frequently Asked Questions each year to make sure you have a good idea of the rules for the program. There's a wealth of information included in the FAQs each year, even for experienced participants. You can always find the latest information, including a link to the FAQs, at

Additionally, these resources are quite helpful:

Program IRC Channel
Several knowledgeable folks hang out in #gsoc on Freenode and would be happy to give you a pointer in the right direction.

Blog Posts
You can find material related to GSoC on the Google Open Source Blog at Your project may have a blog or newsletter where GSoC information was published in the past, as well.

Knowledge Base
If you're looking for advice for mentors or students, program promotional materials, presentations about GSoC, etc., start with the knowledge base, particularly the wiki

List of Organizations
Each year, the community creates a list of categorized list of mentoring organizations. You can find it linked from the Knowledge Base: Advice for Students page.

Mailing Lists

There are four program mailing lists.

Announcement Only List
For announcements from Google's program administrators only. Used infrequently.

Program Discussion List
Open subscription list for the program. General talk about the program, light traffic except during the launch phase of the program each year. Typically this list is not hugely relevant except just prior to the announcement of accepted organizations and accepted students, as neither organizations nor students have access to the private lists until acceptance unless they have previously participated in the program. It is always excellent for you to stop by and encourage a newbie, though, so please don't totally ignore this list.

Students List
Private, invite-only list; students are subscribed to the list soon after they are accepted into GSoC. Successful student participants from previous years and students currently working on GSoC are subscribed to this list. Students who are dropped from the program are also removed from the list. While this list is supposed to give students a private place to discuss anything and everything so they aren't worried about looking silly elsewhere, more often than not the list traffic is mostly discussions of tracking numbers for shipments, tax forms and grumbles about t-shirt loss.

Mentors List
Private, invite-only list; mentors are subscribed to the list after their organization is accepted into the program and they register as mentors in the GSoC online system. This list is higher traffic at the beginning of the program and around the times of evaluations. Some great advice can be found on this list and in the archives, but it can also be noisy at times.


Producing Open Source 
Written by Karl Fogel. Excellent guide to Open Source development. Its available free online.

Google Summer of Code Mentors Guide 

Google Summer of Code Students Guide 

Teaching Open Source
by Karsten Wade

Associated Projects

Teaching Open Source
irc : freenode #teachingopensource

What to Do When the Unexpected Happens?

  1. Contact your Mentor. He or she can help you figure out what to do next or contact Google for more help.
  2. Contact the Org Admin.
  3. Talk to Google's Program Administrators. They have plenty of experience with all the corner cases and strange issues that can arise during GSoC. Email for help if you can't find one of the program admins in #gsoc on Freenode.