This page coordinates the Google Summer of Code projects involving Python under the umbrella of the Python Software Foundation (PSF) in 2010.

The 2010 PSF SoC coordinator is ArcRiley <>. Contact him if you have any questions.

Prospective Students

If you are a student interested in working on core Python development or on a project that helps the Python community, we'd love to have you apply to the Python Software Foundation for this year's Google Summer of Code.

You should join the soc2010-general mailing list and take a look at the Project Ideas section below. If any interest you, feel free to contact the proposer for details. You can also discuss your own project ideas with the people mentioned or talk about them on the soc2010-general mailing list. Some of us also hang out on #gsoc-python on freenode.

Students should read SummerOfCode/Expectations to understand what is expected of them.

Please read SummerOfCode/Application to find out what to put in your application.

Prospective Mentors

Add your ideas below and join the soc2010-mentors list!

Project Ideas

These are project ideas proposed by mentors grouped roughly on the type of work it entails. Use the provided links for each for more information and contact the mentors interested in it.

NOTE: This year we're soliciting and prioritizing applications for Python 3.x -- 3K tools, porting old projects, etc. Python 2.x projects will be a distinct second. There will be no special "core" category this year.


Useful skills and experience


Python 3.x tools


compiler theory

Martin v. Löwis

Porting projects

rpy2 (R-Python bridge). Beside the translations of Python idioms, the C-level will require care regarding Unicode strings and Bytes arrays. Also, adding Python 3-specific features such as memory views along the way would be nice.

Python, C

Laurent Gautier


Adapting RUR-PLE as a Crunchy plugin

Python, javascript

André Roberge

Updating examples for Software Carpentry to Python 3 according to the roadmap for future work. This includes replacing Make material with material on SCons, replacing xml.dom.minidom with something more Pythonic, improving the performance and skinnability of Plastex, and building some support tools.

Python, SQL, Make

Greg Wilson

Help develop PyKata - the website for Python practice. We want this to be the best site serving students, teachers, and professionals wanting to learn Python via self-study.

Python, Google App Engine

Andy Harrington David MacQuigg


Cython has a list of potential projects

Python, C


Sphinx has a list of potential projects as well -- contact #pocoo on freenode

Python, potentially HTML/JavaScript


Stackless Python has a list of potential projects

Python, C, C++

Richard Tew

PyPy also has a list of potential projects


the PyPy team

PyGame has their own ideas page

Python, C (varied)


PySoy (3d game engine) is seeking a student to work on Py3 migration, #pysoy on freenode

Python, Genie

Arc Riley

NumPy and SciPy has a list of project ideas


SciPy/NumPy team

SymPy has a list of project ideas


SymPy team



Martin v. Löwis



Tarek Ziadé

email6: Making the standard library email package fully functional on Python3


R. David Murray

Unladen Swallow JIT projects for Python 3

Python, C++

Collin Winter

PyPI Testing Infrastructure


Tarek Ziadé & Titus Brown

FreeSeer also has a list of potential projects

Python, video

Andrew Ross, Greg Wilson

pip package installer with a list of ideas (includes Windows improvements and porting to Python 3)


Ian Bicking or better by IRC, #pip on Freenode

pylint Python static code checker : porting to Python 3 (includes porting supporting libraries logilab-common and logilab-astng)


Sylvain Thénault or mailing list

IPython projects: two-process model on ZeroMQ and Qt-based GUI


Fernando Pérez or mailing list

Community Support



WebMaster Team

Code coverage stats for buildbots




Mentor Instructions

We've setup /Incoming for mentors who find the above table intimidating to edit. You can still brave editing this page, just be careful.

Previous years

Related Organizations

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