OpenStreetMap has been accepted as a mentoring organization for the 2021 Google Summer of Code. For open source projects from the OSM ecosystem, GSoC is a good opportunity to attract some student developers who will spend the summer contributing in exchange for a decent stipend from Google’s pockets.
We would still welcome additional mentors and project ideas. As a developer or maintainer of a FOSS project around OSM, consider adding to the project ideas page.
Be aware that, as a change this year, we require that students have already contributed in a small way to the software project that they apply for – be that code, tests, documentation or similar. Some projects have tried this in past years, and we’ve found that it helps us assess whether students have the necessary skills. It also lets them become productive contributors more quickly, which is important given the reduced number of hours in a GSoC project compared to past years.
More on how applications work this year and other information regarding GSoC is available on https://wiki.osm.org/GSoC_2021