It’s time for our annual two part post where we share the breakdown of students accepted into this year’s Google Summer of Code program.
For our 9th year of Google Summer of Code, we decreased the number of applications that each student could submit to 5 (in previous years it was 20). We wanted to encourage students to focus on each application and to spend quality time talking to the organizations that they were interested in to find the best match for their skills and interests. While this did result in a lower total number of applications, the mentoring organizations reported that the overall quality of applications was better than in years past. We were very pleased to have 5,999 applications submitted by 4,151 students from 94 countries for Google Summer of Code 2013.
With so many great applications, the 177 mentoring organizations had a tough time deciding, but ultimately 1192 students from 70 countries were accepted into Google Summer of Code 2013.
The 10 countries with the largest number of accepted students are:
# of 2013 Accepted Students
We are excited to have three students accepted from two African countries that have never been represented in Google Summer of Code before, Cameroon and Tunisia.
This year we set a record for the highest percentage of women accepted into the program: 9.5% compared to our previous high last year of 8.3%. Each year the percentage of women accepted in Google Summer of Code has continued to rise since 2006.
Students are currently in the middle of the community bonding period of the program where they become familiar with the projects, mentors, and community practices before they start coding on Monday, June 17th. Good luck everyone!
You can visit our program site and timeline for more information and look for part 2 of the “Google Summer of Code 2013 Full of Stats” post in the coming weeks detailing the universities represented in this year’s program.
By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs