Like past years OpenMRS will be applying for Google Code-In(GCI) this year. We’ve enjoyed it the past years and really had some useful contributions from these high school kids.
GCI is a program to introduce pre-university students to the world of open source. It’s like GSoC but for high school kids and the tasks are much more smaller. For more information about what GCI is please visit the program website https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/
As part of the formalities, we’re working on identifying potential tasks for high school / secondary school students (ages 13-17) to work on. Please note that these tasks must be relatively simple, and may not be limited to coding tasks.
These tasks may fall into one of the following categories and within each category you should indicate the level of difficulty using Levels 1 - 3 where leven 1 is the easiest level and level 3 the hardest.
Coding Tasks in this category may include, small bug fixes, small feature implementations, code clean up, etc
Documentation / Training
Tasks in this category may include, making video tutorials, blog posts and also helping others in forum, IRC and telegram chat, etc.
For more information about how it works, see https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/how-it-works
and for sample OpenMRS GCI tasks see https://issues.openmrs.org/browse/GCI-171?jql=project%20%3D%20GCI
We are calling on all potential mentors to make their interested known by commenting to this post and start creating tasks for their students. To the best of my knowledge there is no barrier of entry for GCI mentors at OpenMRS so anyone is welcome to volunteer. You don’t need to be a committer to any project or a long time active member, you just need to be willing to give at least 3 hours a week to create tasks, review and/or provide feedback to students. Please don’t sign up just to get the GCI t-shirt though that is not forbidden too.
I am opting to volunteer as co-admin for GCI this year and will be waiting for @surangak guidance on how to smoothly run the program. I’m also open to mentorship from past admins like @cshah, @harsha89, @k.joseph, etc.
I would like to encourage all past and aspiring GSoCers to volunteer their time and mentor GCI. It’s a really rewarding program.
To know what’s required of you as a mentor please see this documentation https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/help/responsibilities