Google Summer of Code is one of the most exciting times for an open source project and community. It’s a chance to inject new energy into a project and help build the next generation of coders and tech entrepreneurs that are ready to contribute to HFOSS.
We’re honored to have been awarded four slots by Google for the 2013 program
, the first time the Mifos project has participated since 2010. With those four slots, we’ve selected an exceptional class of interns that I’m certain will provide tremendous contributions to our community as they themselves grow and learn from the awesome leaders in our community.
Already I am wowed by the effort, enthusiasm, and talents our interns have shown even before the program has formally begun. Despite balancing time to ace their final exams, each of the four students have already made multiple contributions to the codebase and woven themselves into the fabric of our community like they’ve been here for years. One student, Anuruddha, has already nearly completed his GSoC project so we’re excited for the additional work he’ll be able to take on.
While all four of our students share the same characteristics of being energetic, inquisitive, intelligent, and independent – they also represent a highly diverse group. They come from four different countries, a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as various backgrounds and interests. They all share in the raw enthusiasm and energy to help advance technology-enabled financial inclusion to create a world of 3 Billion Maries
We have lucked out to have such a strong alignment between the community priorities for the roadmap, the skillsets of our students, and the background and locations of our mentors. Anuruddha from Sri Lanka is quite good developing on the back-end, and we’ll have him focused on strengthening the core platform through Server-Side Pagination
and Multi-Tenant Caching. He’ll be paired up with Gurpreet who’s in his same time zone. Yanna from China is familiar with the XBRL taxonomy so she was a natural fit to work on XBRL Integration for MIX Market
along with Kojo who’s based in Singapore. Andreas from Germany has shown strong front-end development skills and will work well on the User-Generated Documents
project under the leadership of Michael Vorburger in nearby Germany. Avik based out of India has shown a fervent interest in all areas of the platform and is ready to tackle an important project creating an Initial Data Import Tool under the mentorship of Udai who’s also based in India.
Anuruddha Premalal is a final year undergraduate majoring in the field of Electronic and Telecommunication engineering from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. Anuruddha has a great deal of experience developing applications at both the hardware and software level using Java. Through his internship at Einsights, a startup in Singapore and his participation in the MIT AITI summer program he’s acquired strong hands-on experience developing web applications with Spring MVC, Hibernate, MongoDB and jQuery and mobile applications with Android, USSD, and SMS.
In the 5 weeks that Anuruddha has been a part of our community, he’s demonstrated this prowess across these programming language and his passion for building something from the ground up and making it a huge success. Having already nearly finished his original project of server-side pagination, he’ll be taking on multi-tenant caching and additional back-end platform-level tasks that we’ll throw at him. We have paired Anuruddha with Gurpreet Luthra from ThoughtWorks’ Humanitarian Software Program as his mentor. Gurpreet is a diligent and disciplined open source veteran that I’m certain will challenge and further enhance the strengths of Anuruddha throughout the summer.
Yanna Wu, hailing from Shanghai, China, will be beginning her Master’s in Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA this fall. She completed her undergraduate studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and spent the past year as a professional mobile software engineer. Yanna brings to us a strong financial background because she actually spent her first two years pursuing a career in finance before switching over to software engineering. Despite this late start, throughout her internships and studies she’s gained experience working with Java, JSP, Spring, MySQL, and Android. She’s demonstrated her strong proficiency in these languages by the multiple code contributions she submitted over the past several weeks.
We are quite fortunate for Yanna’s shift in career path; it’s given her in-depth domain knowledge that is rare to find in a Google Summer of Code intern. She in fact has experience working with the XBRL taxonomy which made her a perfect candidate for our project to integrate with the XBRL taxonomy that the MIX Market is aiming to standardize the financial inclusion sector on. Having helped financial institutes in China customize and visualize their XBRL taxonomy as part of her final undergraduate project, she’s ready to swoop right in to help MFIs automate their reporting through a common data source. Yanna will be working under the leadership of Kojo Gambrah who’s now based in Sngapore and is eager to share his expert knowledge on business intelligence and reporting with Yanna. When Yanna’s not coding, she’s passionate about gaming, design, and music, dreaming about one day making it big and performing on Broadway.
Andreas Weigel is entering his final year of undergraduate studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He started coding in 2005 when he realize how fun it was to help people, simplify processes, and build new functionalities by developing applications. Andreas worked for two years at FZI – The Research Centedr for Information Technology in Karlsruhe and another two years at Synyx. There he’s gained experience in Java, MySQL, Spring, and Hibernate. You can see some his work he’s done on the back-end of a community event platform – http://events.kavantgar.de/em
. In his personal time, he’s also developed proficiency in front-end development with JS, JQuery, HTML and CSS. This has been evident in the contributions he’s made on four different tickets so far.
Andreas’ front-end skills and his experience with CKEditor, led him to select the User-Generated Documents project. Andreas will be working under the guidance of Michael Vorburger who is nearby in Switzerland. We are delighted to have Andreas building out such a useful tool to put the power of the information in Mifos X directly in the hands of an MFI. His passion for our 3 Billion Maries and his readiness to build on top of our innovative technology stack have Andreas poised to make great strides in our community.
Having seen firsthand the poverty across India, Avik was drawn to the project by how impressed he was with Grameen Koota’s organized way of fighting poverty. He is psyched for the chance to be part of having a direct impact on the welfare of society. We know we needed a strong mentor to pair Avik with to harness his energy and commitment to the project; with that in mind we’ve paired with him Udai Gupta, a seasoned veteran of GSoC as both a student and a mentor. Udai will be leading Avik on the creation of an initial data import tool. This tool will make it substantially easier for small MFIs to go live on Mifos X through a set of pre-formatted Excel templates to import their initial data. Avik likes to work through the night so be prepared to see lots of him at all hours on IRC.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Google Summer of Code introductions later this week when we reveal some fun facts about our interns!