On the heels of GCI ending a few days ago, GSOC-2011 was announced at LCA. This year there is an important change, that of the participating organizations, as per Carol's mail (below), http://lists.p2pu.org/pipermail/p2pu-dev/2011-February/000288.html :

On Tue, 8 Feb 2011, Carol Smith wrote:

Hi all,

Per some feedback from the mentor summit last year, I've decided to
encourage and accept more small and new mentoring organizations this year.
In tandem with more organizations, I am also setting up a separate mailing
list for the newbie organizations to subscribe to to get advice on how to
successfully participate in the program for the summer.

I need your help with this effort. If you know of small/new projects who are
doing interesting work in the opensource space who might not otherwise
apply, please encourage them to do so. We're looking for all kinds of new
orgs - ones doing stuff on the bleeding edge, ones opensourcing stuff that
hasn't been before, ones who might get overlooked because they're otherwise
too small.

There will be two special questions on the mentoring organization
application this year: one for which a large or experienced organization can
vouch for a small, new organization and one for new or small organizations
to list their "references" in the form of veteran orgs or people. These two
questions will be looked at very specifically when we review organization
applications this year so please fill them in if they are applicable for

To facilitate the mentor/mentee relationship between orgs I've set up a
mailing list for both veteran and newbie mentors to join [1]. Please sign up
if you feel comfortable offering advice to new organizations on how to
participate in a successful GSoC. I've made this list invite-only, so please
request membership if you're interested in joining and list the org you
mentor for. After we've announced accepted organizations for this year, the
mentors and org admins from the new projects will be automatically
subscribed to this list and encouraged to ask questions and get advice.
**This will be a chatty list.**

Thank you in advance for your help with this effort, and may this be the
most awesome summer yet!

[1] - http://groups.google.com/group/gsoc-veterans


As you can see, Google is inviting all fledgling free software projects to apply and there is a concerted effort to rope in smaller organizations doing nice things in Libre software this year. So if you know any organization or floss project that should be a part of gsoc, encourage them to join the mailing list and apply for 2011. [UPDATE,2011feb25: Here is a spreadsheet of the FLOSS organizations applying for GSOC-2011, but do remember that this is NOT a final list which is entirely upto Google.]

Like FLOSS projects, GSOC is perhaps the only technical event that is open to students in any stream (you could be studying for your B.A in literature and still participate in GSOC), does not have artificial barriers which perpetuate a myth that only Engineers or Computer Science students can use, decode and contribute to FLOSS. Any student can, provided they put in some effort to understanding the Libre software ecosystem.

So go ahead, download and use their presentations, logos and flyers to promote Gsoc in your college or university, spread the word and participate when the list of accepted projects is announced in March.

[UPDATE,2011feb28: Google has opened the application process for mentoring organizations for Google Summer of Code 2011 which are being accepted at Melange for ALL Libre software organizations. Please note that the application period closes on 11 March at 23:00 UTC.]