The Apache Software Foundation

Meritocracy in Action.

Google is sponsoring the 2014 Summer of Code and The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has applied as a mentoring organization. This page is your entry point to the ASF GSoC program.

Students: read this

Applying for GSoC

Details are announced now and we are in the project discussion phase. We encourage you to discuss you application with the project community.

In order to apply we ask that you create

We also need you to let us know what other commitments you have for the period of GSoC, for example, do you have any exams or a part time job? In other words - sell yourselves, as if this was an actual job.

In drawing up your proposal you should work with your chosen projects community.

One of our evaluation criteria is that you have already engaged with the community to ensure that you understand the needs of the project and the commitment you need to make to your mentors.

Once open applications are made through the GSoC site

Contacting the ASF

The ASF is not just one project, it is a federation of projects, see the lists at and Each of our projects has its own community of users, contributors and committers. GSoC students will usually be interacting with just one of these communities.

Each of the proposed subjects (link to be provided if we are confirmed as a mentoring organisation) applies to a single ASF project. You will need to engage with that project community.

Prospective ASF mentors: read this

We are looking for as many interesting projects as we can come up with. For more info about mentoring, please read our guide to being a mentor .

Prospective mentors should join the mailing list, this is where mentor specific issues are dealt with, and where announcements will be made. If you want to track the program administration you should subscribe to

Once the ASF is confirmed as a mentoring organisation mentors must register with the GSoC webapp, and request to become a mentor for the ASF organization. Make sure that the email address you use for that (it's often your address by default) is '''registered as a mail alias for your Apache account at (''' so that we can match it to your ASF account. You should also register your '''GSoC Link Id to committers/GSoCLinkId.txt'''.

All ASF projects are invited to submit their ideas to their issue tracker, please be sure to add the labels "gsoc2014" and "mentor" so that we can automatically include them in our list of subjects. If your project does not use JIRA please contact

ASF GSoC 2014 Timeline

Below is a timeline of events for The Apache Software Foundation's involvement in GSoC. Unless otherwise stated deadlines are 11:59 UTC on the date indicated.

Student Application and Selection


GSoc is underway


Wind down


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