The fifth edition of ESA’s “Summer of Code in Space” annual programme for software students

on 27 March 2015

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) annual programme dedicated to student software developers from ESA Member States. The winning applicants will be paid to develop innovative open-source software for space projects and will get the chance to work on their project during their summer time.

The first step of the SOCIS programme is ESA to contact the ‘mentoring organisations’ that are developing free, open-source software for the space sector. Mentors propose ideas for improving their software or even to create completely new software based on existing building blocks. ESA selects between 20 and 25 software projects, then opens a call to students all over ESA Member States.

The list of the 23 projects selected for the 2015 edition is available here.

Students who are interested in a particular project can send an application to ESA to propose clear, achievable technical objectives that they seek to realise. Registrations can be made until 30 April 2015 by completing the online form which is available here.

ESA will put the winning students together with their mentors, and each student will be paid to perform their work.
A first stipend of €1000 is provided at the start of the coding period. If the project is successful after three months of work, the students then receive an additional €3000 grant. The coding period is usually from June to September.

For more information, or to apply to participate, visit the SOCIS webpage.

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