As a part of Google Summer of Code 2020, moja global is very happy to welcome four students who have been selected to work on our software. They are: Sulay Shah, Parth Arora, Abhishek Garain and Abhineet Tamrakar. Respectively they will be working on: designing an agri soil module, refactoring core code, improving the user interface and data-visualisations .
While we received many applications from very talented students around the world, these four candidates stood out because of their proactive engagement; the winning proposals showed strong knowledge paired with a commitment to contribute to our mission, which is to collaborate on tackling the biggest challenge of our time: Climate change.
Globally, more than 25% of all CO2 emissions are caused by land use, mainly agriculture and forestry. But plants are also the easiest way to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. So instead of land use being a part of the problem, it can be made part of the solution. To be able to better manage, accurate measurements are required.
Measuring emissions and sinks from land use is notoriously difficult. Developing the necessary tools is expensive and requires specialised expertise. Through global open source collaboration between scientists and coders, moja global reduces the cost and increases the quality of the software. This way the best type of measuring becomes available to everyone.
Our four new student participants will be paired with a moja global mentor and will spend the month of May learning all they can about our particular community.
The students are required to update on progress by publishing a weekly blog-post, as well as a stand-up for the mentor. Writing each week will help the larger community learn about what has been achieved, and will help the DIAL Open Source Centre admins make sure everything is proceeding well. The actual work on the programming projects will start in June and will continue for three months.
Moja global – via DIAL Open Source Center at the UN Foundation – is a first time partaker in the Google Summer of Code, the global program focused on offering students exposure to real-world software development and techniques. Students have the opportunity to spend the break between their school semesters earning a stipend while working in areas related to their interests.
In turn, the participating organisations are able to identify and bring in new developers who implement new features and who hopefully continue to contribute to open source after the program has ended. The most important outcome is that more code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.
Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together 15,000+ student participants and 12,000 mentors from over 118 countries worldwide. Google Summer of Code has produced 36,000,000+ lines of code for 686 open source organisations.