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28 Open Source Programs to take part in!

Supritha Ravishankar
Updated on ・5 min read

What is an Open Source Program?

It is a collaborative program wherein single/multiple project(s) are involved whose code is maintained by a set of people and the project is usually enhanced by the contributors (which could be you). The contributors work under the guidance of the mentors of the projects.

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Why should one take part in Open Source Programs?

Beginners are most welcomed in these programs and the main purpose is to learn, boost your skills and network with amazing people. It allows one to exchange and propose unique ideas to make an impact on a project.
The best part is that it is open for all, usually free of cost.
✨Also, certificates and goodies is an extra bonus.✨

What are the different roles in an Open Source Program?

  • Mentor
  • Mentee/Contributor/Participant
  • Project admin

Why should you read this article further?

If you're new to Open source or you've only heard about "GSoC" or "Outreachy",you're in the right place as I have listed some of the other programs to look for as it can be a little hard to find opportunities to apply for such programs.

Here is a list of programs you can apply to if you have the relevant skills.

Google Summer Of Code

✔️ 12 weeks long
✔️ Stipend
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/]
gsoc


Outreachy

✔️ 12 weeks long
✔️ Remote
✔️ Diversity
✔️ Paid internship
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://www.outreachy.org/]
outreachy


Girlscript Summer Of Code

✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Open to all
✔️ Prizes for top performers
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://gssoc.girlscript.tech/]
gssoc


Open Summer of Code

✔️ 4 weeks long
✔️ Remote
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://osoc.be/]
osoc


Bountiful Open Source Summer (BOSS) by Coding Blocks

✔️ Program announced : May
✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Prizes for top performers
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://lab.codingblocks.com/boss]
boss


LetsGrowMore Summer Of Code (LGMSOC)

✔️ 10 weeks long
✔️ Swags
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://letsgrowmore.in/soc/]
Apply here 👉 [https://forms.gle/gRgKf3jY1Fg2qv7f8]
lgmsoc


PClub Summer Of Code

✔️ 2 months long
✔️ Program announced : June
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [http://www.pclubsummerofcode.in/]
psoc


MLH Fellowship

✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Stipend
✔️ Remote
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://fellowship.mlh.io/programs/open-source]
mlh


FOSSASIA Codeheat

✔️ Bi monthly periods
✔️ Swags
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://codeheat.org/]
foss


Open Mainframe Project Mentorship Program

✔️ February-September
✔️ Stipend
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://www.openmainframeproject.org/projects/mentorship-program]
mainframe


Linux Foundation (LFN) Mentorship Program

✔️ Mentee Application : March
✔️ Stipend
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://wiki.lfnetworking.org/display/LN/LFN+Mentorship+Program]
lfn


Linux Kernel Mentorship Program

✔️ 12 weeks / 24 weeks long
✔️ Remote
✔️ Networking Opportunities
✔️ Stipend
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/lkmp]
lfn


The Processing Foundation Fellowship

✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Remote
✔️ Stipend
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://processingfoundation.org/fellowships]
pff


Digital Ocean Hacktoberfest

✔️ 1 month long-October
✔️ Open to all
✔️ Swags
✔️ You can do it!
Get more info 👉 [https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/]
hacktober


NJACK Winter of Code (NWoC) by IIT Patna

✔️ Program announced : October
✔️ Coding period : December-January
✔️ Mock for GSoc
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://njackwinterofcode.github.io/]
njack


Kharagpur Winter of Code (KWoC) by IIT Kharagpur

✔️ Program announced : November
✔️ Coding period : December-January
✔️ 5 weeks long
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://kwoc20.kossiitkgp.org/]
kwoc


Winter of Code by DSC NSEC

✔️ Program announced : November
✔️ Swags
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://winterofcode.com/]
woc


DevScript Winter of Code

✔️ Program announced : November
✔️ Certificate & Swags
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://devscript.tech/woc/]
dwoc


Script Winter of Code (SWOC)

✔️ Program announced : November
✔️ 2 months long
✔️ Perks for top contributors
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://swoc.tech/]
swoc


CrossWoC by IEEE DTU

✔️ Program announced : January
✔️ 6 weeks long
✔️ Prizes-coming soon!
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://crosswoc.ieeedtu.in/]
cwoc


Season of KDE

✔️ Program announced : December
✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Merchandise and swag
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://season.kde.org/]
kde


Delta Winter of Code by Delta Force

✔️ 1 month long
✔️ Program announced : October
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://dwoc.io/]
dsoc


JGEC Winter of Code (JWOC)

✔️ 1 month long
✔️ Program announced : December
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://jwoc2k20.tech/index.html]
jwoc


StudentCode-in

✔️ 8 weeks long
✔️ Program announced : June
✔️ Swags/Certificate
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://studentcode-in.github.io/]
sci


Contributor's Hack by HakinCodes

✔️ Program announced : July
✔️ Swags
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://hakincodes.tech/ch20.html]
sci


Summer of Innovation by OSS IIT Dharwad

✔️ Program announced : May
✔️ 3 months long
✔️ Swags
✔️ Go for it!
Get more info 👉 [https://oss2019.github.io/SoI.html]
sci


Opencode by OSS IIITA

✔️ Program announced : not specified
Get more info 👉 [https://oss2019.github.io/SoI.html]
sci


24 Pull Requests

✔️ Program announced : not specified
Get more info 👉 [https://24pullrequests.com/]
sci


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Nishi

Hie there :) Thank you for this helpful post.

Could you please tell me, whether LGMSoC are still taking participants? because I applied yesterday, and I saw that some participants have started contributing to LGMSoC, so I'm not sure, if their selection process for participants is still going on or not.

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Supritha Ravishankar Author

Hey! Thanks for reading
As it is open to all, you should be getting a selection mail within 2-3 days and I'm guessing that they're still accepting participants. Actually, the contributing period starts only from 10th June and as of now they have only released the projects. So you have nothing to worry about :)
If you have any other queries contact them! letsgrowmore.in/contact-us/

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Nishi

Thanks a lot, Supritha!