IOOS & Google Summer of Code 2024 - call for mentors by Feb 6. We need your help!

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Micah Wengren - NOAA Federal

Dec 22, 2023, 11:25:32 AM12/22/23
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Calling all oceanographic data open source software maintainers: we need your help! IOOS plans to apply as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2024.  IOOS has participated previously in GSoC 2021 and 2022:

To be accepted, we need as many project ideas submitted as possible by the Feb 6, 2024 deadline.  Mentors don’t need to be affiliated with IOOS directly - if your software is open source and is connected in some way to oceanography or ocean data, we’re happy to include it in our application.

Serving as a mentor for Google Summer of Code can be a highly rewarding experience - coach an aspiring student on open source software development and coding best practices; broaden the use of your software; get that project or feature you’ve had on the back burner completed!  Student projects can involve developing code, contributing training materials or use case examples, or extending the scope of software in new, untested or innovative directions.  

If you’d like to contribute a project idea (a small, medium or large coding project for a student to work on as a summer project with a stipend provided by Google), please submit your idea to the IOOS GSoC GitHub repository: by Feb 6.

Draft or initial project ideas are OK.  Project ideas need to include basic background information (project description and purpose, expected skills, mentor names), but it’s a fairly easy lift to propose a new project.  If IOOS has a strong enough application to be accepted to the 2024 program, you’ll have until the student application period begins on March 18 to polish your project and add additional details before students can apply.

The 2024 GSoC program includes three sizes of student projects (the time they’ll have to complete it): medium at ~175 hours, large at ~350 hours and a new size: small at ~90 hours. See the following links for more information:


Mentors are expected to be able to commit several hours per week working with your selected student on their contributions: reviewing submitted code/documentation and providing feedback to ensure the student’s project is successful.  Of course, the more time you can spend working with your student on their project, the better chance of success and the greater reward for both student and mentor.  

Please reach out to Micah (, Matt (, or Filipe ( to discuss project ideas or with any other GSoC questions, or file an issue with your question or suggestion in the ioos/gsoc repository.  

Apologies for any cross-postings.  


Micah, Matt, and Filipe

Micah Wengren
DMAC System Architect
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System
Santa Cruz, CA
+1 240-533-9441 (o)
+1 202-276-3608 (c) 

Micah Wengren - NOAA Federal

Feb 2, 2024, 12:57:29 PMFeb 2
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Happy Friday, 

Just a quick reminder that the deadline for IOOS to submit our application to Google Summer of Code 2024 is next Tuesday, Feb 6.  

So far we only have two project ideas proposed.  We could really use more project ideas if anyone is interested in participating as a mentor this summer!  (see additional information in the below Dec 22 email).

Submit your project idea to our GitHub repo ( to contribute your project.

And please feel free to reach out to me, Matt, or Filipe as well with any questions,


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