Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual, international, program which encourages college-aged students to participate with open source projects during the summer break between classes.
Students accepted into the program receive a stipend, paid by Google, to work well-defined projects to improve or enhance the Jenkins project. In exchange, numerous Jenkins community members volunteer as "mentors" for students to help integrate them into the open source community and succeed in completing their summer projects.
In 2018 we have 4 projects accepted:
See GSoC Timeline.
Current state: Accepted projects are announced, Community bonding
Although we use mailing lists as the main communication channel, we also define regular timeslots aka "office hours". During these timeslots Jenkins GSoC admins and mentors will be also available in Google Hangouts (link) and in the #jenkins IRC channel.
APAC/Europe: Every Wednesday, 08:00-09:00 AM UTC
Americas/Europe: Every Wednesday, 07:30-09:00 PM UTC
In addition to these meetings, each GSoC project will have its own regular meeting slots. They will be announced soon.
Note that the number of participants in the Hangouts channel is limited. If you cannot join, use IRC as a fallback.