With Google Summer of Code 2017 Mentor Organisations just announced, students are (and should be) in a frenzy to pick and get familiar with an org of their interest and start contributing as soon as possible. To help along the matter, this post aims at enlisting some of the most popular organisations based on the technology used in their projects. A quick look through should be good to let the students know the most popular choices!
Zulip : Zulip is a powerful group chat application. The server is written in Python with Django; you could also work on cross-platform mobile and desktop apps, or our many integrations
Systers, an Anita Borg Institute community : Increasing the number of women in computing fields and technology.
FOSSASIA : FOSSASIA is the premier Free and Open Source technology organization in Asia for developers, designers, start-ups, and contributors.
Mifos Initiative : FinTech non-profit leveraging the cloud, mobile, and open source community to deliver digital financial services to the world’s 2 billion poor and unbanked.
AerospaceResearch.net : We are AerospaceResearch.net, a small team of space makers solving space problems together with KSat-Stuttgart e.V. and the Cosmic Dust Team.
aimacode : This project provides implementations of the pseudocode algorithms in the textbook “Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,” along with tutorial examples of algorithm usage.
BeagleBoard.org Foundation : Through Linux and other open source tools, BeagleBoard.org seeks to make enabling computers to interact with the physical world as simple as coding a web page.
Copyleft Games : We produce libraries, engines, frameworks, and development tools for producing games, especially as part of educational environments.
Python Software Foundation : Python is a popular high-level programming language used by scientists, developers, and many others who want to work more quickly and integrate systems more effectively.
Django Software Foundation : Django is a high-level Python Web framework originally designed to build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.
Cadasta : Cadasta is working to build a future where, through technology and community partnership, land and resource rights are universally recognized and protected
CloudCV : CloudCV is a young open source platform to make AI research reproducible by making it easy for researchers to build, compare and share state-of-the-art AI algorithms with everyone.
KDE : The KDE community produces Free and Open Source Software and brings together artists, designers, programmers, translators, users, writers and other contributors from everywhere.
Mozilla : We’re Mozilla, the proudly non-profit champions of the Internet, helping to keep it healthy, open and accessible to all.
RoboComp : RoboComp is a cutting-edge open-source robotics framework providing tools to easily create, modify and manage robot software components.
SymPy : SymPy is a Python library for symbolic mathematics.
The Linux Foundation : The Linux Foundation is a non-profit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Hosting the Linux Kernel. OpenPrinting, Linux Standards Base, SPDX, …
Ruby on Rails : Learning to build a modern web application is daunting. Ruby on Rails makes it much easier and more fun. It includes everything you need to build fantastic applications.
Ruby Science Foundation : SciRuby is oriented towards providing science and visualization infrastructure for the Ruby Programming Language. We develop and maintain several libraries for this purpose.
There are many more organisations with a much larger number of projects present that should be explored but the above list is good if you are a beginner and unsure of where to start. For more information on getting your feet wet in the wide pool of Open Source and GSoC, refer to http://blog.codingninjas.in/2017/02/05/attempting-google-summer-of-code/.
This list was curated from my previous experience as a mentor in GSoC 2016 with Systers, An Anita Borg Institute, an experience I hope to repeat this year.
Feel free to leave any comments, questions and doubts in the comments section below!