Google Code-In

Welcome to all participants in Google Code-in at OpenMRS.

Help Out. Save Lives.

OpenMRS has been accepted as a mentoring organization in Google Code-in (GCI) 2019. We have a long and proud history of taking part in the Google Summer of Code with university students,
and are excited to participate in GCI again this year with pre-university students. Contributing to OpenMRS is a great way to join the free and open source software movement,
and at the same time use your talents to help people in developing countries who are on the front lines of the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and other public health
challenges. For more detailed about who we are and what we do, please see hereCome join us and help save lives with Health IT software! 

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Google Code-in 2019 Mentor Team

OpenMRS has a long history of mentorship, and we have assembled our best community members as capable mentors who are willing to help review your completed tasks.
Here they are:

  1. Burke Mamlin
  2. Daniel Kayiwa 
  3. Ayeshmantha Perera
  4. Juliet Wamalwa
  5. Herbert Yiga
  6. Sharif Magembe
  7. Rohan Sharma
  8. Moses Mutesasira
  9. Fawwaz Yusran
  10. Svitlana Honcharuk
  11. Irene Nyakate
  12. Sanatt Abrol
  13. Lahiru Jayathilake
  14. Jai Tatia
  15. Reagan Patrick
  16. Vansh Arora
  17. Dilantha Silva
  18. Kakumirizi Daud
  19. Athira Nair
  20. Ungku Zoe Ungku Fa'iz
  21. Hariprya Reddy
  22. Jacinta Gichuhi
  23. Sai Sandeep Mutyala 
  24. Prabodh Kotasrthane

Google Code-in 2019 Org Admins

  1.  Suthagar Kailayapathy 
  2. Jeyasumangala Rasanayagam
  3. judeniroshan
  4. tendo kiiza Martyn

Google Code-in 2019 at OpenMRS

Watch this short video to learn more! 

Latest GCI Discussions on OpenMRS Talk:

Visit OpenMRS Talk at for our discussion platform and a place where you can hang out and talk about OpenMRS with other community members. Talk is an online home for OpenMRS users, implementers, and contributors to learn from each other, share experiences ... or just to make and build friendships. Latest topics include:

Google Code-in Tasks

First Task : Search for "FIRST TASK : Become a fully fledged member of the OpenMRS community"

As a GCI participant, there are many technical and non-technical tasks that you can work on. A full list of these issues will be posted in the Google Code-in dashboard site when tasks open for the contest. Please note that each task contains multiple labels denoting their,

  • Time Available (usually between 3 and 5 days), 
  • Type (Coding,  Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Qualitative Assurance, and Design),
  • Repeat-ability (One ticket can be completed once per student, or multiple times per student).

The list of the tasks for the contestants will be grown quick and changed up until the end of the GCI-2019 content. So each contestant should keep the eye on the tasks to claim for the work.

GCI Mentor Selection Criteria - OpenMRS 

Last Updated: 06th November, 2019

  1. Mentor requirements should align with official GCI Mentor requirements.
  2. Mentor should already have access to OpenMRS Talk, Wiki Page, and OpenMRS JIRA.
  3. Should have at least 2-3 months of considerable contributions to OpenMRS in terms of Coding, QA, Documentation, or community management (Or any equivalent contributions).
  4. Should have 3 - 5 hours of free time for a week / 30 - 45 minutes of free time for a day.
  5. Good to have better communications and visibility in the community and responsiveness to the program admins.
  6. Should available during the year ends as we need your active participation between December and January.
  7. Should have a better mentor-impact position from last years, if you were a mentor in previous year (Inactive mentors from the previous contest, will not be accepted for any future contests)
  8. Should able to create 8 - 15 tasks before/during the contest.
  9. Should able to contact through email or any preffered communication medium in case of any emergency requirement.
  10.  should have already interacted with other community members, and they should be active in the talk thread by helping others in several ways

Preferred Requirements for GCI Mentors - OpenMRS

  1. Dev/2 or OMRS/2 level in OpenMRS
  2. Past GSoC Students, GCI Students, GCI Mentors or GSoC/GCI Org Admins of OpenMRS
  3. Release Managers/Community leaders of OpenMRS

If we have enough spaces for mentors in Google Code-in, We will add allocate it for the people who contributed to other organizations.

Expectations of Participants & Mentors

What we expect of participants:

You are now part of the OpenMRS community! We want you to feel like part of the team, so we hope you will do you best to integrate yourself into the community.

  1. Become familiar with OpenMRS by the start of GCI 2019 (Good time will be September - October).
  2. Sign onto OpenMRS Talk 
  3. To ask questions and interact with other participants and mentors, join our OpenMRS GCI Chat group on the open source Telegram platform (a mobile phone number is required) or #openmrs-irc on
  4. Get the access to the OpenMRS JIRA  which will be used for some coding tasks.

What participants should expect of OpenMRS during the competition period:

  • You will have fun!
  • You can find the contacts around the world and best chance to land into a open source community.
  • You will learn how to work within an open source project – one that's helping people save lives around the world.
  • If you do your best to ask a question the smart way, our community will do its best to help you.

What we expect of mentors:

  • Check in frequently on the Google Code-in category on OpenMRS Talk and help respond to open questions.
  • Be available in the Telegram group or IRC channel (The links are provided in the above section).
  • Frequently check  on the GCI Dashboard for the reviews and the tasks status. 
  • Have fun!

Helpful OpenMRS Community Resources

  • We use JIRA as a tool for issue tracking and project management.
  • Tips for using e-mail:
    • If you have a highly specific question, contact your mentor.
    • Technical discussions, ideas, and requests for feedback should be posted publicly to the entire community on the OpenMRS Talk.
    • The GCI category on OpenMRS Talk is for participants to discuss the questions and issues about the GCI program. Other categories should probably be used for technical discussions. 
  • Our OpenMRS GCI Chat group on Telegram is your first stop to ask questions and interact with other participants & mentors. If you don't get an answer there, you can also try our IRC discussions in the #OpenMRS channel on Freenode. Chat is useful for shorter discussions, or for large group discussions.
  • Use the OpenMRS Wiki often! Be sure to make a user profile page.
  • Google Docs is an excellent tool for sharing and collaborating in real time on documents or spreadsheets, when the OpenMRS Wiki is not appropriate.


The OpenMRS community comprises of a large number of experts, students, and professionals from around the world. We come from varied backgrounds, fields, and countries, and are all tied together by our desire to do good. Because the community is so diverse and spread across the globe, please remember to be courteous and considerate to other community members at all times. Always remember that people may be based in other timezones, and may have other jobs that they prioritize. For more information, please refer to our community code of conduct. For best practices in using our GitHub repos, please refer to these guidelines.


There are two main ways that you can communicate with GCI participants and mentors from our community:

  1. OpenMRS Talk:
  2. OpenMRS GCI Chat

Questions, anyone?

If you are interested in participating in GCI 2019 and have further questions that aren't answered here, please post them in the Google Code-in category on OpenMRS Talk.