ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is a program run by the European Space Agency. It aims at offering student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers.

This is the sixth edition of SOCIS, the previous editions web pages can be browsed here:

SOCIS 2011: 20 mentoring organizations and 20 slots assigned
SOCIS 2012: 22 mentoring organizations and 22 slots assigned
SOCIS 2013: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 slots assigned
SOCIS 2014: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 slots assigned
SOCIS 2015: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 slots assigned

SOCIS is inspired by (but not affiliated or related in any way to) Google's Summer of Code initiative, and is designed with the following objectives in mind:

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  • 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.

To learn more about the program, check out the timeline, visit out documentation center, or head to our mailing list.