Google Code In 2016 – My biggest GCI year so far

So This was the last time I was participating in GCI as next year I will be ineligible. So again this year I participated from MetaBrainz Foundation from which I was a finalist last year too.

This was the most memorable year for me as it was the first time I collaborated with some organization on Github and thanks to all the mentors who guided me. This year I made many buddies like Anshuman, Tymon, Daniel Theis and it was an awesome experience.

This year I did 15 tasks which mostly involved fixing bugs, making code improvements, documenting the organization’s code on Github and help the organization improve their wiki.

This year was mind-blowing although I wasn’t able to fulfil my dream of becoming a Grand Prize Winner but I managed to become a finalist again. The results are –

This year although I wasn’t able to become a winner and now I can’t be in future 😦 but this year I got much confidence and knowledge 😀 which has motivated me to contribute to open-source on so I’ll learn much and again try my luck in competitions like GSOC etc.

Again, Thanks MetaBrainz and Google for this 🙂


Google Code In 2015 Experience

Google Code In 2015 is a coding contest for pre-university students aged 13-17 years which inspires them and introduces them to the concept of open-source. In this contest ,  various open-source organisations take part and publish tasks which are designed in such a way which is suitable for school going students . Well , this year 14 organisations/mentoring orgs participated and I chose to work/contribute to Metabrainz Foundation.

Let me tell you what Metabrainz Foundation is all about , it is the umbrella organisation which covers Musicbrainz , AcousticBrainz , BookBrainz and ListenBrainz . It is an online database of music and the data related to it whereas Bookbrainz is the same in the field of books. The database is used by many famous companies such as Google , Amazon , Musixmatch , Spotify , BBC etc. in their music related offerings .

Starting with the Experience , it was awesome to collaborate with people across the world and as always the ‘GCI Awesomness’ was prevalent . I got many things to learn by my aweosome mentors and friends . This year I did 11 tasks which covered making how tos , infographics , redesigning the homepages and providing a working mockups of it and testing different themes on one of the projects and fixing the UI bugs which came in my way of testing . I’d like to thank my mentors and my friends who encouraged me throughout the contest .

Just Now, the results were live and I am very happy to say that I am selected as a Finalist (one of the top 5 students in my org) in the contest for my work for Metabrainz and I congratulate all the other finalists and I wish a great and safe journey to all the Grand Prize Winners who will be visiting Googleplex later this year . Here is the result of my org:-



This is the link to post on the google’s official open-source blog which describes the result :-

Click Here : Google’s Official Open-source Blog

Last year I wasn’t a finalist , this year I became a finalist and not a grand prize winner and next year let’s see what happens 🙂

Sahana Software Foundation – A new Way of Saving Millions of Lives through software

Sahana Software Foundation – A new Way of Saving Millions of Lives through software

What is Sahana ?

Sahana Software Foundation is a Los Angeles, CA-based non-profit organization founded to promote the use of Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) for disaster and emergency management. The foundation’s mission statement is to “save lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters.

Sahana helps people about the upcoming disasters like typhoons , earthquakes , tsunami , cyclones etc.

Since my childhood , I wanted to be a hero and save life of people and I too was attracted towards computer programming and softwares .  When I came to know about Sahana , I came to know how people can save lives through online softwares. I learned how to prepare for disasters and was introduced to the world of open-source .  The concept of Sahana Software Foundation :-

  • Tracking and managing requests for help from individuals and organizations
  • Tracking organizations and programs responding to the disaster, including the coverage and balance in the distribution of aid, providing transparency in the response effort
  • Enabling relevant sharing of information across organizations, connecting donors, volunteers, NGOs, and government organizations, enabling them to operate as one

The History Of Sahana –

The Sahana Software Foundation’s roots began after the December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, when a team of Sri Lankan technology workers associated with the Lanka Software Foundation (LSF), developed software that could be used by the government to coordinate assistance for those impacted by the tsunami . The software was designed to resolve common coordination problems that arise during a disaster, including facilitating the search for missing people, aid and volunteer management, and victim tracking across refugee camps.

In early 2009, the directors of the Lanka Software Foundation decided to allow the Sahana group to spin off into its own organization. In 2009, the Sahana Software Foundation was established as a non-profit organization registered in the State of California. Mark Prutsalis was appointed as the group’s first CEO.

In July 2014, the Foundation announced that Michael Howden, a member of the Board of Directors, was appointed as its new CEO.

Deployments Of Sahana –

In addition to the Sri Lankan government, Sahana software has also been officially deployed by the governments of the United States, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Taiwan, and China. It was also part of the Strong Angel III, a test of US civil and military disaster response.

Sahana software has been deployed in conjunction with the following disasters and aid organizations:

  • Tsunami – Sri Lanka 2005– Officially deployed in the Center of National Operations (CNO) for the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • AsianQuake – Pakistan 2005– Officially deployed with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the Government of Pakistan.
  • Southern Leyte Mudslide Disaster– Philippines 2006 – Officially deployed with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and the Office of Civil Defense for the Government of the Philippines.
  • Sarvodaya – Sri Lanka 2006– Deployed for Sri Lanka’s largest NGO.
  • Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia 2014– Deployed and localized in Bosnia/Serbia/Croatia.