About

ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) is a program run by the European Space Agency that focuses on bringing student developers into open source software development for space applications. Students work with a mentoring organization on a 3 month programming project during their summer break.

Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating organizations and with experts from ESA (where available), thus gaining exposure to open source software development and insights from ESA. In turn, the participating organizations are able to prototype new open source projects and possibly bring in new developers to work on relevant topics for space.

The previous editions of SOCIS are summarized here:

  • SOCIS 2011: 20 mentoring organizations and 20 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2012: 22 mentoring organizations and 22 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2013: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2014: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2015: 23 mentoring organizations and 23 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2016: 24 mentoring organizations and 24 projects assigned
  • SOCIS 2017: 22 mentoring organizations and 22 projects 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:

  • raise the awareness of open source projects related to space, especially among students;
  • raise awareness of ESA within the open source community;
  • improve existing space-related open source software.