GSoC 2019 is here!

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Google Summer of Code program, having been involved with it in many capacities over the years.

The 2019 iteration of GSoC has been formally announced and the student application period starts soon.

Here’s the official word from Google:

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) will begin accepting student applications on March 25, 2019. The global, online program is designed to engage university students with open source software communities.  

GSoC is a highly competitive and unique program – in the past 14 years we have had over 14,000 students from 109 countries accepted into the program. Participants are paired with a mentor to help introduce them to an open source community and guide them with their project. GSoC gives students invaluable real world experience and an opportunity to receive a stipend to contribute to open source software.

For the 2019 program 206 open source organizations have been accepted into the program. Now is a great time for students to check out project ideas and reach out to the organizations to learn more!

We would appreciate your help to spread the word about Google Summer of Code to local university students. Check out the resources below:

  • Website: g.co/gsoc
  • Student application window: March 25 – April 9, 2019
  • Flyers, Slide Decks, Logos: https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/resources/media
  • Project Topics Include: Cloud, Operating Systems, Machine Learning, Graphics, Medicine, Programming Languages, Robotics, Physics, Science, Security and many more.
  • Sample Twitter: University students receive mentorship and a stipend to work on open source software through Google Summer of Code. Applications are open March 25 – April 9! g.co/gsoc

Details of the program are available on the program site and be sure to check out the Advice for Students for quick tips and the Student Guide for more details on the whole program.

Please contact us at gsoc-support@google.com if you have any questions.

GSoC 2015 – Moorsp Plagiarism Plugin for Moodle

For the 3rd time in my life, I have been selected as a Google Summer of Code student (after mentoring for the past 2 years, I might add) to work on a project for Moodle.

Moodle is one of the most prominent and widely-used Free and Open Source Learning Management Systems in the world today, and has a widespread developer community. I had particular interest in Moodle because it is the LMS used by most Sri Lankan universities to manage their degree programmes, which speaks volumes for the robustness and feature-rich nature of Moodle. Moodle development is done through PHP and MySQL.

My project involves the development of Moorsp; a skeleton plagiarism plugin for Moodle which integrates with the plagiarism framework within the system. The purpose of this plugin is to provide an effective testing mechanism for the plagiarism framework, as all current plagiarism plugins connect to commercial 3rd party APIs and testing them is not possible without a paid account. Moorsp will integrate with the plagiarism framework, implementing all its hooks and events, thereby providing a platform for acceptance tests (Behat) to be written for the plagiarism framework itself. This would provide a free plugin that could be utilized for regression runs during continuous integration on Moodle.

GSoC is in the Community Bonding phase at the moment. I have been engaging with the community on their forums and have also provided some Behat feature files for QA tests that were not yet automated.

I’m pretty excited, and looking forward to a great summer with this awesome organization!

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