ESA Summer of Code in Space 2011

29 June 2011

The 2011 ESA Summer of Code In Space (SOCIS) starts! Mentoring organisations (i.e. open source space-related projects) can apply before 15 July 2011. Modelled after the Google Summer of Code, SOCIS is an ESA pilot project offering students the opportunity to be paid to develop during the summer open source code for space related open source projects.

Code like you have never done before - participate this summer to SOCIS either as a student developer or as a mentoring organisation! ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is a pilot project run by ESA's Advanced Concepts Team (ACT) offering student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers.

The project is inspired by (but not affiliated or related in any way to) Google's Summer of Code initiative, and has been designed with the following objectives in mind:

  • raise the awareness of open source projects related to space within the open source programming community, especially among students;
  • raise awareness of ESA within the open-source community;
  • improve existing space-related open-source software.

To learn more about the project, check out the timeline, visit our documentation center, or head to our mailing lists.

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