Google Summer of Code 2016

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Wikimedia applied as a mentoring organization for GSoC 2016 and has been accepted.

Google Summer of Code 2016 is one of the outreach programs we are planning to organize. The org admins coordinating this edition are Tony Thomas and Sumit Asthana. To follow the project in detail, check the GSoC 2016 workboard in Phabricator.

See also the parallel program Outreachy/Round 12.


Please also review the official timeline and Outreach programs/Life of a successful project.

  • 8 February: Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.
  • 29 February: List of accepted mentoring organizations published.
  • 14 March: Students can register and submit applications.
  • 25 March 19:00 UTC: Student application deadline.
  • 22 April: Accepted student proposals announced.
  • 23 May: Official start.
  • 20-27 June: Mid term evaluations by students and mentors.
  • 23 August: Firm 'pencils down' date.

Be part of something big[edit]

These are the people we develop for.

We believe that knowledge should be free for every human being. We prioritize efforts that empower disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, and that help overcome barriers to participation. We believe in mass collaboration, diversity and consensus building to achieve our goals.

Wikipedia has become the fifth most-visited site in the world, used by more than 400 million people every month in more than 270 languages. Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata and Wiktionary are some of the other free content projects hosted by Wikimedia thanks to MediaWiki. There is also a wide collection of open source software projects around them.

Much more can be done: stabilize infrastructure, increase participation, improve quality, increase reach, encourage innovation.


Ready to start working on your upcoming internship project? Then it's time to read and follow Life of a successful project.

Project ideas[edit]

Our project board is in Phabricator. Look for projects, discuss technical aspects on the tasks themselves (see Answering your questions), ask intelligent and explicit questions ("Could you tell me more about this?" is a bad example), do your research thoroughly, don't expect spoon-feeding. That's the recipe for a perfect student!

Community Wishlist is another interesting place to look for projects. They are backed by community demands and would be good one's to consider.

How to start contributing? (for newcomers)[edit]

Follow How to become a MediaWiki hacker which is a complete guide for any newcomer wishing to start contributing patches to Wikimedia projects.