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Google Summer of Code Celebrates a Decade of Awesomeness

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Google Summer of Code is celebrating 10 years of successful operations world wide. What started off as a summer program, it has grown leaps and bounds to become one of the most intensely participated coding programs for students internationally.

When talking about Google Summer of Code, no one can forget the immense contribution University of Moratuwa has made over the years. According to the statistics Google has put up in their website, University of Moratuwa is the most contributing Institute to GSoC program worldwide with the highest amount of accepted students each year and in the overall count as well. So it is very appropriate that, to mark this event, Computer Science and Engineering Faculty of University of Moratuwa organized a ceremony at the University premises.

A very special delegation representing Google headed by Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc) came down to Sri Lanka with his team, including Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc), Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc) and Jana Levene (Emerging Market Development – Google APAC).

During the ceremony Rohan Jayaweera, Country Consultant at Google shared his thoughts and views about GSoC. Sanjiva Weerawarana, one of the most respected Alumni members of UoM and one of the most reputed entrepreneurs in the country, participated in a panel discussion. Past GSoC-ers including Himeshi De Sila from the 2013 GSoC batch and some others previous participants gave away some tips to the future candidates who are about to get on board with their GSoC dream.

The GSoC anniversary celebration was an absolute success. With the exposure given to the concept behind GSoC and its advantages, it is much expected that more participants will take part this year and bring glory to Sri Lanka.

You can also check out our Photo Coverage of the event and our Live Blog. Our previous article about how Computer Science and Engineering Department of University of Moratuwa prepared for this event can be found here.

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