GSOC Meetup at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

On August 23rd, we hosted a GSOC Meetup at Jamia Millia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, home of JMILUG. The GSOC meetup was an opportunity to meet and learn from past and present GSOC students who've actively contributed to Open Source projects in collaboration with developers from all over the world. This acted as a platform for other budding developers who're ready to get their hands dirty and contribute to real world projects.

Over the last 2 years, 9 JMILUG members have been selected in GSOC thanks to the exposure provided to students about Open Source communities and projects as a result of various meetups and conferences every year. So we felt that it was time to give something back to the Indian GSOC and Open Source community. We started accepting proposals from potential speakers for the event. These proposals were subjected to a voting process through an app built by us. The speakers from the top voted sessions were finally called to give a talk, which were mostly GSOC students.

We received over 250 registrations on the event website. Due to this increased no of expected participation, we decided to go for a bigger venue and were able to send invites to everybody for the meetup. On the day of the event, students from all kinds of academic levels and from far-off cities came and attended the meetup.

In order to make the speaker sessions more interactive, we decided to distribute the goodies given generously to us by the Google Open Source Programs office, based on a Q&A round after each talk, so as to ensure that the attendees listen intently to each speaker.

The final session of the day was dedicated to the topic “Getting into GSOC” during which, the high point was calling all present GSOCers on stage and having them share their GSOC experience along with Q&A from audience at the end.

We wrapped up the day by distributing certificates to speakers and T-shirts to the two most active audience members. Later, a lottery round was conducted and two people were selected randomly from the audience to be awarded another pair of GSOC T-shirts. Thanks to Math.random().