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Live Blog – Decade of GSoC

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The special guests of the event include Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc), Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc), Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc), and Jana Levene (Emerging Market Development – Google APAC). Also, there will be participants from across the ICT sector in Sri Lanka as well as other key stakeholders.

More info on the event can be found here.

Event in  detailed time to time updates, below.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20147:31 pm

digit team, signing off.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20147:04 pm

With that note, we conclude this event. Everyone is invited to join the refreshments and for a chat if they need one.

So that is a wrap up.

See you guys, in an another event.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20147:00 pm

Thanks for putting Sri Lanka on the map and He also thanks Rashmika, Google Ambassador for this wonderful event.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:58 pm

Rohan Jayaweera, Country Consultant, Google will deliver the vote of thanks now. He says this events credit goes to all the GSoC-ers to bringing Sri Lanka this glory.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:55 pm

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:39 pm

Classical Musical Society, round of applause.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:38 pm

A Google Nexus 7 is up for grabs for one lucky raffle draw winner.

An entertainment item is about to take place now.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:36 pm

Tokens off appreciation are to be given away next which means the panel discussion concludes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:30 pm

Of-course we are working on expanding GSoC to the Business students as well. There are many all around the world and you never know we might announce this as well. – Stephanie.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:24 pm

Take advantage of your youth, have fun and code. – Chris

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:18 pm

Why isn’t Google encouraging Linux development since it is also an open source platform?

what matters is creating something new. thats how i see it. – Sanjiva

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:14 pm

Chris cracks joke saying that they might as well start a program for community developers and graduates as well.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:12 pm

Can graduates and community contributors participate in GSoC? If yes, then is it fair? If no, why?

There is no punishment but it wouldn’t be a fair competition right? so thats why. – Chris.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:08 pm

Sanjiva answering questions.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20146:04 pm

A question from the audience already.

‘what is Google getting out of this?’

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:59 pm

Sanjiva, Chrish, Mary, Stephanie and Rohan himself would be panel members. Rohan will moderate this session.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:56 pm

Rohan Jayaweera (Country Consultant, Google Inc.) is on the stage now. he introduces himself and says that a Panel Discussion is about to happen.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:47 pm

Sukhitha Jayasundara, 2013 graduate student of UoM who also is a GSoC-er, is on the stage.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:43 pm

Himeshi De Silva, 2013 GSoC participant will share her experience as well.

Her project was regarding WikiMedia, which allows the admin to handle all the wiki pages on the internet.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:37 pm

Past and 2013 GSoC-ers will share their experience with us now. Which will motivate others to make the decision to contribute more to open source and GSoC.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:33 pm

Mr. Sanjiva concludes with his warm wishes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:29 pm

If not for Open Source, i wouldn’t have met these wonderful people and i wouldnt have been here. – Sanjiva

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:26 pm

He is contributing to Apcahe Projects and to Open Source since last 25 years. He says he is not that old. he cracks a joke.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:23 pm

Apparently Sanjiva is also the Founder of ‘Lanka Software Foundation’.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:22 pm

Sanjiva starts his talk with a brief info about him. First he was an Apache software developer and then he got into Open Source he says.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:16 pm

Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana will address the gathering now. Who has been a real inspiration to these students. Sanjiva is the Founder and the chairman on WSO2 corporation.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:14 pm

Stephanie asks everyone to pass the word about ‘Google Code in’ to the school students.

She concludes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:11 pm

Mary shared that timeline of GSoC for this year.

Stephanie is back again on stage. She now explains the ‘Google Code-in’ program, which is a GSoC for pre university students aged 13-17.

Goals for GCI?

Apply classroom skills to real life OS projects which is a real booster.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:08 pm

February 11: Program announced.

March 18:
19:00 UTC Mentoring organizations can begin submitting applications to Google.

March 29:
19:00 UTC Mentoring organization application deadline.

April 1 – 5:
Google program administrators review organization applications.

April 8:
19:00 UTC List of accepted mentoring organizations published on the Google Summer of Code 2013 site.

April 9 – 21:
Would-be student participants discuss application ideas with mentoring organizations.

April 22:
19:00 UTC Student application period opens.

May 3:
19:00 UTC Student application deadline.

Interim Period:
Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

May 6:
Mentoring organizations should have requested slots via their profile in Melange by this point.

May 8:
Slot allocations published to mentoring organizations
Interim Period:
Slot allocation trades happen amongst organizations. Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

May 22:
First round of de-duplication checks happens; organizations work together to try to resolve as many duplicates as possible.

May 24:
All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor – 07:00 UTC
Student acceptance choice deadline.
IRC meeting to resolve any outstanding duplicate accepted students – 19:00 UTC #gsoc (organizations must send a delegate to represent them in this meeting regardless of if they are in a duplicate situation before the meeting.)

May 27:
19:00 UTC Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2013 site.

Community Bonding Period:
Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects.

June 17:
Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects;
Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.

Work Period:
Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

July 29:
19:00 UTC Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

August 2:
19:00 UTC Mid-term evaluations deadline;
Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.

Work Period:
Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

September 16:
Suggested ‘pencils down’ date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.

September 23:
19:00 UTC Firm ‘pencils down’ date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

September 27:
19:00 UTC Final evaluation deadline
Google begins issuing student and mentoring organization payments provided forms and evaluations are on file.

September 27:
Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google

October 1:
Final results of Google Summer of Code 2013 announced

October 19 & 20:
Mentor Summit at Google: Representatives from each successfully participating organization are invited to Google to greet, collaborate and code. Our mission for the weekend: make the program even better, have fun and make new friends.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20145:00 pm

5500$ for the student and 500$ are up for the winner and the winning organization.

More money, the better the competition would be.

Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc) takes over and will discuss some stats about GSoC.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:57 pm

How does GSoC work?

Google chooses organizations
students research organizations via their idea pages
students submit project proposals to the organization
organizations hook students with their mentors
1 month bonding period
Students must execute milestones laid out in their proposals
40 hour a week, for 3 months

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:53 pm

She talks a bit elaborative than Chris, she says.
She explains what is GSoC and how it is all done and so on.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:51 pm

Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc) on the stage now.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:49 pm

“If you have open source, it helps to make better computer systems.
You should be so proud, and this is not coming from me, but it is from Google and the world.”

Chris concludes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:43 pm

Chris says he was offered to go to europe to celebrate GSoCs’ 10th year but he chose to come to Sri Lanka.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:42 pm

There were 6000 applications for the 1st ever GSoC and around 600 were shortlisted to participate. – Chris

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:39 pm

Chris now recalls the incident where they, actually him only came up with the idea of Google Summer of Code Program.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:37 pm

Chris DiBona on stage now.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:34 pm

It would be astonishing if we are talking about Indiana or New York, but we are talking about Sri Lanka. This is truly amazing to be here at the most contributing University in the world to GSoC program.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:32 pm

Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc) is about to address the gathering now.

He seems a bit speechless. Probably amazed by the hospitality provided by us Lankans.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:29 pm

By thanking and welcoming all the delegates and mentors, Ananda concludes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:28 pm

We want to Research and develop on open source projects, more. – Ananda

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:25 pm

The setup today.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:25 pm

“Professor Gihan Dias was recently recognized as the 31st most contributed person to internet, which clearly states that UoM is the best.” – Ananda

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:21 pm

‘Industry is waiting for our student to pass out college, so that they can grab them.’ – Ananda

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:18 pm

He welcomes representative from the Google, since this is their 1st visit to Sri Lanka.

‘Google and UoM are inseparable. – Ananda

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:15 pm

Ananda Jayawardhana, Vice Chancellor of UoM will address the gathering now.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:14 pm

Hasini Abeywickrama will address the gathering now and will deliver the Welcome speech.

“Lets celebrate success of GSoC’, she concludes.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:13 pm

Top row dignitaries and all the other members from they regarding fields are welcome as well to light the traditional oil lamp.

Everyone now rises for the National Anthem in order to start today’s proceedings.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:11 pm

Chris DiBona (Director of Social Impact and Open Source – Google Inc)
Mary Radomile (Program Manager – Google Inc)
Stephanie Taylor (Program Manager – Google Inc) and
Jana Levene (Emerging Market Development – Google APAC) are the guests for today.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:05 pm

Kandyan dance troop led the way for the distinguished guests for today in to the auditorium.

From Press From Press Jan 23, 20144:05 pm

Good evening folks.
Team digit present here at the event, to bring you live updates from the ‘Decade of GSoC’

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