Google Summer of Code

Open source software for students & orcas

Starting in the summer of 2020, Orcasound has been honored to be a host organization for the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), a global initiative to teach current or recent undergraduates about open source software development. Orcasound has already benefited from enthusiastic and talented GSoC students, and we’re excited to see where they lead us. Inspired by the projects they have proposed or advanced, we have provided a growing cadre of volunteer mentors and are incrementally improving our documentation, on-boarding resources, and open data access to support the students.

Screen shot of the GSoC page for Orcasound (June, 2021)

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Student and mentor “home” locations (thanks to umap.openstreetmap):

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In 2021, Orca Sound was able to accept four students for our second summer of GSoC:

  • Isabela
  • Dmitry
  • Dhananjay
  • Jose

Orcasound was able to double capacity in our second year thanks to a growing team of mentors. Also, for the first time in 2021, the GSoC program significantly altered student eligibility constraints and reduced hr/wk commitment levels by about half in an effort to increase access and enable students to diversify their summer experiences.


In our first year, Orcasound worked with two great students:

  • Kunal Mehta
  • Diego Rodríguez

As a contingency during the emerging Covid-19 pandemic, Kunal and Diego worked together to develop the Orca Active Listening (OrcaAL) tool with a combined mentor team. They also went well beyond the requirements of the summer program, ultimately presenting their work in the first-ever all-remote meeting of the Acoustical Society of America.

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