Congratulations to Aviral Dasgupta and Will "Half-Shot" Hunt who will be working with Matrix for their Google Summer of Code projects!
As mentioned, picking two projects out of all our proposals was no easy task. However, we now look forward to getting started, and we are sure Aviral and Half-Shot will help make Matrix even better over the next few months!
Aviral will be developing a flexible plugin system to facilitate integrating various services such as github/trello/duckduckgo with Matrix. Meanwhile, Half-Shot will be looking at adding features on top of Matrix - infact, he's already built a MPD DJ bot and started working on a .NET SDK. Aviral too, has been committing various enhancements already.
According to Google's GSoC timeline we are currently in the "Community Bonding" phase, which lasts till May 22, 2016 - which is when the projects formally kick off.
We're looking forward to seeing what awesome things Aviral and Half-Shot come up with!