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Our 12th year of Google Summer of Code (GSoC) has officially begun! GSoC is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a three month programming project during their break from university.

Do you represent a free or open source software organization looking for new contributors? Do you love the challenge and reward of mentoring new developers in your community? Apply to be a mentor organization for GSoC! Starting today we will be accepting applications from open source projects who would like to serve as mentor organizations for enthusiastic student developers.

The deadline to apply is February 19 at 19:00 UTC. Organizations chosen for GSoC 2016 will be announced via the program site on February 29.

Please visit our new program site page for more information on how to apply, a detailed timeline of important deadlines and general program information. We also encourage you to check out the Mentor Manual or join the discussion group. Best of luck to all of our mentor organization applicants!

By Mary Radomile, Open Source Programs

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Congratulations are in order to all of the participants of Google Code-in (GCI) 2015. This was the largest GCI yet with 980 students from 65 countries completing an impressive 4,776 tasks.


The Winners and Finalists chosen by the 14 open source organizations are listed below. They completed a total of 1,536 tasks and are from 24 countries and six continents!


First is a list of our Grand Prize winners. Each of these 28 students will be treated to a trip to California to visit the Google campus for four days this summer to meet with Google engineers and enjoy some fun in San Francisco.


GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
Name
Organization
Country
Ahmed Sabie
Systers
Canada
Andrew Haberlandt
Wikimedia
United States
Anesu Mafuvadze
SCoRe
United States
Aun-Ali Zaidi
RTEMS
United States
Brayan Alfaro González
SCoRe
Costa Rica
Břetislav Hájek
OpenMRS
Czech Republic
Bror Hultberg
Apertium
Germany
Caroline Gschwend
MetaBrainz
United States
Daniyaal Rasheed
Ubuntu
United States
Ethan Ordentlich
RTEMS
United States
Ezequiel Pereira Lopez
Sugar Labs
Uruguay
Hannah Pan
Haiku
United States
Imran Tatriev
KDE
Kazakhstan
Ioannis Kydonis
Wikimedia
Greece
Jason Wong
FOSSASIA
United States
Kinshuk Kashyap
Copyleft Games Group
India
Matthew Allen
Ubuntu
Australia
Ohm Patel
MetaBrainz
United States
Piotr Antosz
Sugar Labs
Poland
Russell Greene
KDE
United States
S. Sai Vineet
Apertium
India
Sara Du
Systers
United States
Starbuck Johnson
Copyleft Games Group
United States
Sudhanshu Gautam
Drupal
India
Suryansh Singh
Drupal
India
Victor Tolpegin
Haiku
United States
Yamandú Bermúdez
OpenMRS
Uruguay
Yathannsh Kulshreshtha
FOSSASIA
India


And below are the 42 Finalists. These students will each receive a digital certificate of completion, a sweet Google Code-in t-shirt and hooded sweatshirt.


FINALISTS
Name
Organization
Country
Aashir Shukla
SCoRE
India
Adrián Arroyo Calle
Haiku
Spain
Akshaykumar Kalose
Drupal
United States
Alex Chen
OpenMRS
China
Andrey Cygankov
KDE
Russian Federation
Anshuman Agarwal
FOSSASIA
India
Artur Puzio
KDE
Poland
Austin Jenchi
Copyleft Games Group
United States
Cristian García
Sugar Labs
Uruguay
Daksh Shah
Sugar Labs
India
Divya Prakash Mittal
MetaBrainz
India
Ethan Chi
Apertium
United States
Evan McIntire
Ubuntu
United States
Geoffrey Mon
Wikimedia
United States
Girish Rawat
Ubuntu
India
Henry Dang
Systers
United States
Isaac Hutt
Wikimedia
United Kingdom
Ishan Joshi
Systers
Australia
Jaeeun (Jasmine) Park
Sugar Labs
Philippines
Justin Du
Wikimedia
United States
Lee Yang Peng
Apertium
Singapore
Liam Greenlee
RTEMS
United States
Lucas Jones
SCoRE
United Kingdom
Malena Vasquez Currie
Ubuntu
Argentina
Markus Himmel
Haiku
Germany
Matthew Marting
Apertium
United States
Muhammad Yasoob Ullah Khalid
FOSSASIA
Pakistan
Nji Collins
OpenMRS
Cameroon
Nurul Ariessa Norramli
MetaBrainz
Malaysia
Petr Martynov
Drupal
Russian Federation
Philip Lindner
SCoRE
Germany
Phillip Llewellyn
Drupal
Jamaica
Phoebe Fletcher
Systers
United Kingdom
Ralph Holmes
RTEMS
United Kingdom
Rishav Kundu
Copyleft Games Group
India
Stanford Lin
KDE
Canada
Stanisław Szcześniak
MetaBrainz
Poland
Stephanie Fu
Haiku
United States
Syed Ahmed
OpenMRS
Canada
Tan Gemicioglu
RTEMS
Turkey
Václav Šraier
Copyleft Games Group
Czech Republic
Yago González
FOSSASIA
Spain


Thank you to all of the students, mentors and organization administrators who made Google Code-in 2015 our biggest and best yet. The organizations were impressed with the quality of work and enthusiasm from the students. We hope the students had fun learning more about open source and will continue to contribute to these communities.


Stay tuned for more blog posts with statistics from GCI 2015, including a breakdown of the top participating schools, countries of students and mentors, as well as wrap-ups from some students and organizations.

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs