Monday, April 22, 2013

Apply Now for Mono's Summer of Code 2013

Student applications are now open for the Mono Project in the 2013 Google Summer of Code!

If you're a student, this is the perfect chance to spend the summer with a great community working on cutting edge open-source C# tools and frameworks. You can hone your development skills on large and complex codebases with great mentors, and get paid $5,000 for your hard work too.

If you're looking for ideas for projects, check out our ideas page. In past years students have worked on diverse and exciting projects such as source analysis,  Razor code completion, and precise stack scanning for Mono's garbage collector. You can make multiple applications for different ideas - if you have great project idea that's not in our ideas list, submit it anyway!

We strongly recommend that you submit your application early. The deadline is May 03 at 19:00 UTC and late applications cannot be accepted for any reason. You can update your application and answer our questions after you submit it, so don't delay.

Our Mono Summer of Code 2013 announcement post and our rules page have some advice on getting involved in our community and putting together a good proposal. Remember in your proposal to show us how passionate you are about building great tools and frameworks, and demonstrate that you're able to research and develop things independently but also know when to ask questions.

If you have any questions about the Mono Project in Google Summer of Code that are not answered by our GSoC page or in the #monosoc IRC or mono mailing list, please email

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Get Ready for Summer of Code 2013!

The Mono team is happy to announce that we are participating in the Google Summer of Code 2013. Last year was a great success and we hope this year will be even better!

The student application period runs from April 22nd until May 3rd but don't delay - you can get started preparing your proposals right away. Now is the time to get a head start on introducing yourself and getting to know the community. Come discuss your ideas with us and do the research to make sure you have a really great proposal. You can even fix bugs and file some patches to demonstrate your skills. Show us how excited you are about coding the summer away!

As usual, project ideas and rules are available on our GSoC page. The ideas list has been updated recently, so don't be surprised if some things have moved around or disappeared. Feel free to choose one or more ideas from that page, or tell us about your own awesome idea.

Our mailing lists should be your first stop. Mono devs can generally be found in the mono or mono-devel mailing lists. There's also the monodevelop-devel mailing list for MonoDevelop / Xamarin Studio development. There are many more lists - you can find a full breakdown of all the Mono mailing lists here. For external projects, you should also contact the developers in their project mailing lists.

And, of course, IRC is where everyone is, in the server. There's the #mono channel, for general Mono discussions, #monodev for Mono development, #monodevelop for, well, MonoDevelop, and #monosoc for GSoC-specific questions and saying hi to your fellow students.

If you're interested in mentoring, send an email to the Mono GSoC administrator at

To stay up to date with the applications process, and the work of our students, follow us on Twitter and Google+.

Good luck!