Kharagpur Winter of Code
|Kharagpur Winter of Code|
|Years active||2 (2016 – present)|
|Founder||Kharagpur Open Source Society|
The Kharagpur Winter of Code, often abbreviated as KWoC, is an annual five week long program where students new or unknown to free and open-source software contribute to coding projects registered in the program by experienced mentors or project owners and gain experience in contributing to open source software. The program is hosted by Kharagpur Open Source Society, an independent student group at IIT Kharagpur, but is open to students of any university.
The motive of organizing the program is to help students have one-on-one mentorship in the early phase of contributing to open source software. This also helps the students, especially freshmen and sophomores in their preparation for Google Summer of Code which takes place annually in March.
Kharagpur Winter of Code completely operates on its website https://kwoc.kossiitkgp.in
Overview[edit | edit source]
The program invites mentors who have ownership or collaborative rights on open source software projects, to register the projects. In the last week of November, the list of accepted projects is released on the website and students begin signing up for the program. Students then start to look through the projects and choose one or more of their choice.
On December 1st, KWoC coding period begins. Students now contact the mentors, look through issues to fix or new ideas to implement. The communication and activity of students and mentors is monitored by the program managers and any necessary help is provided by KOSS. Students have to submit their project reports by January 6th, while the successful participation of students depends on the work they do and their mentor's evaluation.
History[edit | edit source]
2016[edit | edit source]
In 2016, the program was announced on November 20th. Around 930 students registered for the program along with 70 mentors. While only 40 students successfully completed the program, it received a widespread participation from 18 different colleges all over India. The program was lauded by several successful participants, as it was their first significant contribution to any open source software. The website has been statically archived at kwoc2016.kossiitkgp.in.
College wise successful participation[edit | edit source]
|BITS Pilani - Goa Campus||1|
|Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering College||1|
|Thiagarajar College of Engineering||1|
|Army Institute of Technology, Pune||1|
|Velammal College of Engineering and Technology||1|
|Gujarat Technical University||1|
|Manipal Institute of Technology||1|
|Shiv Nadar University||1|
|SAL ITER, Ahmedabad||1|
2017[edit | edit source]
The program was announced for the second time on November 11th, 2017. accepting project registrations. Students registrations start on November 20th, 2017.
Association with Kshtij[edit | edit source]
KWoC 2017 has been announced in association with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur's annual techno-management fest. KOSS will also organize an "open source summit" during the fest (January 19th - January 21st 2018) where top speakers (mentors and students) will be invited for talks and will be aided with appropriate logistics. All successful students' fees will be waived off to attend the summit during the fest.
References[edit | edit source]
- "KWoC 2016 Statistics". Kharagpur Open Source Society.
- KWoC experience https://blog.kossiitkgp.in/kharagpur-winter-of-code-c4eeb4af71f1