Frequently asked questions

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1 July — 25 July From Monday to Thursday, 9AM to 5PM

You don't have to work on Fridays or weekends!

Brussels North, 1 July — 11 July

WTC III building
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 30, 1000 Brussels

Tour & Taxis
Brussels North, 15 July — 25 July

Flemish Government's Herman Teirlinck building
Avenue du Port 88, 1000 Bruxelles

We compensate all your public transports costs. You are free to come by car or book yourself a fancy hotel, but we don't reimburse those things.

Why should I participate in osoc?

There are multiple reasons to participate. First of all, you can improve your skills under the supervision of several experienced coaches. Secondly, since you’ll be making a real product or service, it looks great on your resume and you’ll expand your network. Thirdly, you’ll surely make some new friends too.

Sounds awesome, no? And we didn’t even get to the best part yet: osoc is completely free. Even better, you are getting paid! This programme could replace your summer job. Enhancing your skills, making new friends and cashing in some money too? Sounds like a good plan, right?

What will I be doing during osoc?

All students will work in teams on different open innovation projects provided by partnering organisations, companies and governments. The goal is to complete these projects by the end of the programme and turn them into real-world products and services. In the end, your team will present the finished product to the partnering organisation and the world.

What kind of project can I expect to work on at osoc?

All projects at osoc are being built open source and aim to create real-world impact. Over the last few years, students have got the opportunity to work on open innovation projects in different fields such as mobility, education, health, sports and biodiversity. Check out last year's edition to see what kind of projects have been built by osoc students at the latest edition.

Can I participate in osoc?

Yes, if you meet the following requirements.

  • First of all, you’re a student eligible to work under a student contract for 16 full days (128 hours).
  • Secondly, you study or have experience in front- or back-end development, design (UX, graphic), communication or business modelling.
  • Thirdly, you should be able to express yourself in English.

Do you meet these requirements? Congratulations, you could be an osoc student!

How do I apply for osoc? When will I know whether I can participate?

Apply here.

In May we go over all the applications and match the right students with the right projects. After that, we’ll let you know whether you've been selected.

How are you going to be assessed?

In order to apply you need to submit a letter of motivation, explaining why you would like to join the movement and what you will bring to the table to make osoc great. Make sure to include your portfolio or some examples of your work as well. Based on your motivation, portfolio and your CV, a group of experienced osoc volunteers will match your unique set of skills and experiences with partner’s desired student profiles.

What if I can't join osoc?

That's too bad! You can always apply again next year as a student — or even as a coach. You're also welcome to join us during the demo day — which will take place Thursday, 25 July this year. And keep an eye on our Twitter account to see what we're up to!

What if I didn't make it through the applications?

Don't worry, you can always apply again next year as a student — or even as a coach. Just keep working on yourself and your resumé. We will review your application like it's the first time you applied. Don't forget to visit us during the demo day ;-).


We compensate all your public transports costs. You are free to come by car or book yourself a fancy hotel, but we don't reimburse those things.

Why should I participate in osoc?

Participating in osoc enables your organisation to bring your open innovation idea or project to life while providing the next generation of web developers, designers, communication specialists and project managers with a real challenge. In one month the students will do their utter best to develop your idea into a real innovative open product or service.

How do I apply?

To arrange a meeting and discuss the collaboration in detail, send an email to

What is expected of me as a client?

Your organisation will need to take some time to write a good briefing, and have some people available for meetings and feedback sessions during osoc. In some cases, questions will be asked via email.

How do I brief my team of students?

Before open summer of code, it's important to create a good briefing with what you expect of your team. The better the briefing, the less questions will pop up, the better the project.

In the briefing you will outline what kind of project your organisation envisions and what features and functions your end-product shall contain. Based on your layout, osoc mobilises the student profiles required to make this vision come to life.

In case you have a very defined project, a prioritized list of features will help the students to define and create something valueable for you. But, if you want the students to experiment, provide a good vision and mission to the students so they'll have a good sense of direction.

How do I provide feedback?

At the beginning of osoc, a representative of your organisation will present your organisation and project briefing to the students. From then on you will meet your team once a week to receive pitched progress updates and give feedback.

In those feedback sessions you'll provide feedback to make sure the students are going in the right direction (on development, design, product management, ...).

Preferrably, we have a single point of contact that can make the decisions that need to be made during the development of the project. This person will brief the students at the beginning of the project, and will provide feedback in July.

What is the impact that I can expect for my organisation?

"Through the diverse set of participants' skills and expertise at open Summer of code, you can co-create an innovative digital solution for the challenges your organisation faces. All while fostering the individual social impact of engaging a diverse and talented group of students in a digital transformative project as well as a broader societal impact of training a new generation on the importance of open data use and open source coding in a sustainable way that simultaneously generates economic value.

Moreover, if you are searching for some top notch business, design or IT-students to recruit, here’s your chance! If you like how members of your team (or others) performed in this 4 week programme, you can decide to make the final call."

What will be done with the work afterwards?

At the end of osoc, your project will be published under a free and open-source license, compatible with the Open Source Initiative and will be showcased at the oSoc Demo Day, where students present the final product to you and the broad public. You will receive access to all documents, research, designs and code created at osoc, so that you can share it within your own or with other organisations.

Why should I participate in osoc?

As coach at osoc, you will make a real difference in a sector you care about. By guiding talented students you will not only practice your project coordination, supervision and team management skills but also develop an actual product for a real client, thus expanding your network across a multitude of open sectors. The next generation of technological ingenuity is in your hands!

What will I be doing during osoc?

As coach you will be guiding a team of students through the project development process. That includes discussions with your project partner to establish a clear vision of the specific open innovation project. You will endorse the desired student roles (web development, design, business or communication) essential to turning the partners idea into real-world products and services. At osoc you will outline a plan for action with your team and facilitate students' progress throughout the one-month project. In the end, your team will present the finished product to the partnering organisation and the wide public.

How can I apply?

You can apply here!

What skills should I bring to the table?

An open attitude is vital. You will be working in a diverse team of motivated students with different skills and expertise. Hence, your role is to facilitate interaction within your team and between your team and partners. You'll be providing structure and guidance for the students to help them flourish and do a good job. Experience in coaching and team-coordination are not required but considered an asset. Furthermore, familiarity in the Belgian tech scene is valuable. However, what counts most is a positive mindset and the motivation to have an awesome summer!

I’m assisting another coach. How can I help?

Tasks will vary depending on the specific objectives of the project. Be attentive and responsive to what is relevant to make the project come to life.

I’m a student coach. How does that work?

As a student coach you will be acting as the interface between students and coaches. Hence, listen carefully and mediate concerns and ideas between both parties. Student coaches are aimed to become the next generation of coaches, see this role as an opportunity to learn as much as possible about the relevant aspects of the project development.

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