The GSoC is an annual event, held from May to August, during which Google awards stipends to students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the western summer.
The students and the projects they will be working on are:
Aarsh Shah: Improvements to Debian Search and the Search Interface
Boris Bobrov: Debian Metrics Portal
Catalin Usurelu: Enabling free multimedia real-time communications (RTC) with Debian
Eleanor Chen: MIPS N32/N64 ABI Port
Emmanouil Kiagias: Redesign metapackage creation for Debian Blends
Eugenio Cano-Manuel: Leiningen & Clojure packaging
Fabian Grünbichler: Add CROTP support to oath-toolkit and dynalogin
Gustavo Alkmim: Bootstrappable Debian
Justus Winter: Debian GNU/Hurd Debianish initialisation
Lei Wang: OpenRC init system in Debian
Léo Cavaillé: scan-build on the Debian archive
Marko Lalic: PTS rewrite in Django
Pawel Sarbinowski: Debian Android Application
Shuxiong Ye: OpenJDK and Debian
Simon Chopin: Implementation of message passing in the Debian infrastructure
Last year 15 students worked on Debian projects during the GSoC and in 2011 nine were accepted.
The Debian GNU/Linux project was begun by Ian Murdock in 1993 to create a community-supported distribution. It has close to 1000 developers and supports more architectures than any other distribution. Many other popular distributions are based on Debian.