GSoC 2018 Project/Mentor Brainstorming

For those who may not be on the GSOC mentors list, here we go:

Hi all,

It seems quite a few veteran orgs have 0, or very few, projects listed on their Ideas List for their GSoC Org apps. Some have something like “coming soon” with no actual ideas on their page - this will result in an automatic rejection - please don’t let that be you!

Our team has been reviewing hundreds of applications this week and taking notes and we have noticed MANY orgs that have not completed their lists (have 1-2 ideas or ideas with 1 sentence describing the problem) or say ‘coming in March’, ‘coming soon’, etc. That’s a 'Reject in our book.

We will meet Monday, Jan 29 as a team to start our multi day meetings going through each and every org application together so you have until Monday at 19:00 UTC to get your ideas onto your list. You can always add more ideas later but if you are an Umbrella Org you should have plenty of ideas listed now - and if you are a smaller org you should have 4-5 well developed ideas minimum.

And please don’t just link to a bug tracker. If the bug tracker has extensive descriptions about the project/problem then that can sometimes be fine. But just saying here are 5 things we want worked on and a sentence about each isn’t going to cut it.

If you are an Org Admin I strongly encourage you to go back and look at your Ideas List before Monday at 19:00 UTC and make sure it is representative of what you want us to evaluate.

Every year we have a few orgs who give us bad URLs or don’t give us access permission to see their Project Ideas List. Again, please don’t be that org… (your community will not be happy).

Remember, the #1 thing our team considers when choosing which orgs to accept is the quality of the Project Ideas list. If you have nothing for us to look at we have to reject you.

Please don’t ask us to go and see if your application is okay. If you have a solid Project Ideas List and have read the Defining a Project Ideas list from the Mentor Guide and followed the advice your list is likely good to go.

Best, Stephanie


Thanks for the list, @cintiadr! I’ve created an Atlas 3.1 Project page for GSoC 2018 with the aim of getting the new Atlas into production.

/cc @pascal


I believe we are good now. :slight_smile:

1 Like

Thanks @mksd, I’ve listed you as the primary mentor - it reflects well on the organization application if project mentors have been identified - but if you find that you won’t be able to fit this in, let me know.

The mentoring timeline is April through August, coding takes place between May and early August. More info on the full timeline and mentor expectations is available on the wiki page.

@ivange94 - @owais.hussain has kindly volunteered as the primary mentor for this project, would you consider being the backup mentor?

I’d like to propose this project for GSoC 2018 “OAuth module enhancements and SMART Apps Integration”

cc @harsha89 @maany


Sorry for the late response. I will mentor unofficially. I always watch the concerned threads and step in when I feel it’s needed. But I am officially mentoring at LibreHealth so may not be able to sign up as mentor for OpenMRS too. But with my experience trying to solve this problem I believe my input will be valuable through out the program.

Thanks for the response @ivange94. To clarify, I won’t list you as backup mentor for the project, but your input during the course of the project would be great, thanks.

1 Like


Greetings to all!

My Name is Ajay Ramesh. I am loving this community already! So well organized, so easy to get started. Docs, Docs, and Docs everywhere - pretty amazing. Thanks to GSOC for introducing me to this community.

Me - Software Engineer, MS in CS(IIT, Chicago). Intern in Panasonic, Former SE in Accenture.

Not just for GSOC, even after GSOC, let me make something meaningful to society now.

I am writing a proposal for OAuth module enhancements and SMART apps support.

@mavrk - I am currently understanding the requirement of the project. I have implemented OAuth protocol before using auth0. This project is of my interest and skill. I will get back in a week about my progress.



Hi @ajay , this thread is for project and mentor brainstorming. Please start a new thread for the project so we can carry out our discussions there :slight_smile:

And yes, welcome to the community of life savers :smile:


Hi @ajay, welcome to the community. Please refer to the guidelines for interested GSoC students, and note the following point if you’d like to start a new topic to discuss the OAuth GSoC project:

1 Like

@danfuterman - Thank you :slight_smile:

I would like to volunteer as a mentor for Data Integrity Module or Android Client. I hope it’s not too late. :sweat_smile:

cc: @raff, @ssmusoke, @dkayiwa

Hi @shivtej, thanks for offering up your time! There has also been some interest from potential GSoC students on contributing to the Android Client. Do you have a project idea(s) for this that would be appropriate for GSoC:

If so, could you add a project page with details to unassigned projects on the wiki, and let me know. There isn’t much time left to finalise projects for GSoC. Thanks!

@danfuterman, I have created a project page for OpenMRS Android Client (

Soon I will create a separate thread for the project and will continue the discussion there.

1 Like

Thanks @shivtej, I’ve added this to the list of GSoC 2018 projects.

I like to know, it there any mentor available for the project idea of Further Improvements to Addons ? @danfuterman

Thank you!

Hi @gihanchanuka, we are still looking for a mentor for the Addons project, but I’m sure someone will step forward to take on this role. There has been quite a bit of interest in these improvements to Addons, so I’m sure there are members of the community that would be able to guide/advise you in the meantime, if you’re looking to explore this project for GSoC. I’d suggest having a look here for guidelines on starting a new topic to discuss the project:


Can we share last year proposals with this year aspirants? We may get some more ideas from them.

1 Like

@shivtej Thanks for raising this! Former students are welcome to share their proposals from previous years, but this is at the discretion of each student. And to keep things fair, preferably these would be made public rather than sharing them individually with specific students. I’ve started a topic for this here:

1 Like