ESA Summer of Code in Space 2011 (SOCIS 2011) was a pilot program run by the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency. It offered student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants were paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating software projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. In turn, the participating projects were able to more easily identify and bring in new developers.
The program was inspired by (but not affiliated or related in any way to) Google's Summer of Code initiative, and was designed with the following objectives in mind:
- raise the awareness of open source projects related to space within the open source programming community, especially among students;
- raise awareness of ESA within the open-source community;
- improve existing space-related open-source software.