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Mono Summer of Code 2017

Hey everyone! The Mono team is pleased to announce that we are a mentor organization in the Google Summer of Code 2017! This is the twelfth year of Summer of Code for us, and we're really excited to work with a new group of students.

This is a great opportunity to spend the summer with a great community working on cutting edge open-source C# tools and frameworks. You can hone your development skills by working on large and complex codebases with experienced mentors, and get paid for your hard work too.

If you're an eligible student, the application period runs from March 20th to April 3rdBut don't let that stop you from starting on your proposals! Feel free to introduce yourself to the community and mentors, talk about your ideas, and do some preliminary research to make your proposal as strong as it can be. If you're feeling particularly ambitious, you could even get started on some quick bugfixes and patches to show off your skills; while this isn't required, it is really helpful in seeing how you work and getting your name out in the community. Show us how excited you are about coding!

Same as in previous years, our project ideas and rules are available on our GSoC ideas page, and we'll be updating the list as we come up with new ideas. Don't let these ideas limit you though; if you have your own idea for a great project for the summer, put it in a proposal and send it our way. Or, if you can't decide, you can always submit multiple proposals. Keep in mind, though, quality is better than quantity in this case. Check out our application guidelines for advice on making a good proposal.

Our project mailing lists should be your first stop for questions about contributing to Mono. There are many lists for different topics, but the main ones are monomono-devel and monodevelop-develFor external projects, you should also contact the developers in their project mailing lists. 

And of course IRC is where you can find everyone online, on the server. There's the #mono channel for general Mono discussions, #monodev for Mono development, #monodevelop (and gitter) for MonoDevelop and Xamarin Studio, and #monosoc for Summer of Code-specific questions and saying "Hi" to your fellow students. Hang around a while after asking a question - we have mentors in many timezones so they may be asleep or busy when you visit.

If you're not a student, you can participate in Summer of Code by helping the students feel welcome in our community! Or, if you're interested in mentoring C# tools and libraries under the Mono umbrella, 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, and here's to another great summer of coding!


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Apply now for Summer of Code 2017!

Student applications are now open for the Mono Project in the 2017 Google Summer of Code!

We have a list of project ideas to help you get started, and our guidance page has a lot of useful information and links to help get involved in our community and put 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 smart questions.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application early. The deadline is April 3, 2017 at 12:00 (Eastern Daylight Time) and late applications cannot be accepted for any reason. You can submit your application as a draft in order to receive early feedback, so don't delay.

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 Mono gitter IRC or Mono mailing list, please email Good luck!

Excited for This Year's Summer of Code

Here at the Mono Project we've spent the past few weeks reviewing submissions for the Google Summer of Code. There were many excellent proposals so it was a hard choice narrowing them down. Many of our applicants have been contributors in the past who wanted the financial support to give us more of their time. Others were new faces, but showed both skill in laying out a proposal and impressive knowledge of the domain in which they'd accomplish it. All of them showed us a flattering amount of interest in making the Mono Project the best that it can be.

We're happy to now be able to announce the list of accepted projects for 2015:

Contribution to Microsoft .NET and Mono integration
Eddie Rangel, mentored by Marek Safar
Integrating the Microsoft .NET reference sources into Mono.

CPPSharp - C++ inline Code improvement
Abhinav Tripathi, mentored by Joao Matos
Improved support for inline code and other expressions in CppSharp.

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Alexandre Esteves, mentored by Alex…

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The various teams which work under the Mono Project have have spent these last few weeks reviewing and coordinating mentors for a great many projects for the Google Summer of Code. We've had many excellent original proposals as well, from old contributors and new ones alike. Our many skilled contributors this year have us excited for this ambitious summer. The Mono Project is grateful for the interest of every applicant; your enthusiasm is appreciated.

We're happy to now be able to announce the list of accepted projects for 2017:

A CCache Tool for Managed Languages
Daniel Calancea, mentored by Alexander Kyte
Creation of a tool that prevents recompilation of duplicate managed code.

Clang Static Analyzer Checkers
Armin Hasitzka, mentored by Bernhard Urban and Alexander Kyte
Creation of custom static analyzers using the clang APIs.

CppSharp Maintenance and Improvements
Mohit Mohta, mentored by Joao Matos
General code quality and feature improvement for CppSharp.

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