ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is sponsoring a pilot program run by their Advanced Concepts Team called the Summer of Code in Space or SOCIS for short. The goal of the program is to encourage and mentor student developers to write open-source code for various space-related software projects and is inspired by Google’s Summer of Code initiative but is in no way affiliated or related.

Student applicants who are accepted into the program are paired with mentors from the participating projects and then expected to gain experience in real-world software development projects in the hopes the developers with potential can then be identified.

Some of the mentoring organisations involved can be found at the following link, including projects such as NASA World Wind, KDE Kstars, FFmpeg/libav, SunPy, Videolan x264, BRL-CAD, Stellarium etc.

The deadline for students to apply was extended just last week until the 27th of July 2011 due to an initial lack of applicants but this is being remedied by spreading the word through posts like this one you’re reading.

The coding is expected to commence on the 1st of August 2011 and submissions must be in by the 30th of October 2011. More detailed info on the program timeline can be found here. According to the FAQ there will be an initial payment of €1000 EUR at the start and final payment of €3000 EUR at the end if the code is judged successful by the mentoring organisation.

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