We are still looking for more projects for GSoC/ Outreachy. We are
currently working on putting together a list of projects to submit along
with our mentoring organization application to Google for GSoC next week.
If you are interested in mentoring and have a project idea in mind, drop a
note here <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T270429> .
Senior Developer Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 10:54 PM Pavithra Eswaramoorthy <
TLDR; Wikimedia will soon be applying as a mentoring organization to
Google Summer of Code 2021 <https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com>  and
Outreachy Round 22 <https://www.outreachy.org/> . The application
submission deadline for GSoC is February 20th, and Outreachy is March 7th.
We are currently working on a list of interesting project ideas to include
in the application. If you have some ideas for coding or non-coding
(design, documentation, translation, outreach, research) projects, share
them here: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T270429
As a mentor, you will be engaging potential candidates in the application
period for GSoC between March 10th – April 13th, and for Outreachy between
March 15th – April 16th. During this time, you will help candidates make
small contributions to your project and answer any project related queries.
You will be working more closely with the accepted candidates during the
coding period between May-August.
We have started compiling a list of projects that you can take a look at
If you don’t have an idea in mind and would like to pick one from an
existing list, check out these projects:
Through GSoC, you can mentor only coding but with Outreachy also
non-coding projects (including design, documentation, translation,
Note that GSoC has some changes this year, including:
- Smaller project size ~175 hr project (previously 350 hr)
- Shortened coding period ~10 weeks long (previously 3 months)
- Eligibility criteria redefined; the program is now open to
candidates participating in a variety of academic programs (previously
accredited university programs only)
Please keep these changes in mind while sharing your project ideas.
Some tips for proposing projects
- Follow this task description template when you propose a project in
Add #Google- Summer-of-Code (2021) or #Outreachy (Round 22) tag to it.
- Remember, the project should require an experienced developer ~15
days to complete and a newcomer ~3 months for Outreachy and ~10 weeks for
- Each project should have at least 2 mentors, and one of them should
hold a technical background.
- When it comes to picking a project, you could propose one that is:
- Relevant for your language community or brings impact to the
Wikimedia ecosystem in the future.
- Welcoming and newcomer-friendly and has a moderate learning curve.
- A new idea you are passionate about, there are no deadlines
attached to it; you always wanted to see it happen but couldn't due to lack
- About developing a standalone tool (possibly hosted on Wikimedia
Toolforge), with fewer dependencies on Wikimedia's core infrastructure, and
doesn't necessarily require a specific programming language, etc.
To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a mentor, visit our
resources on MediaWiki.org
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