Google Code-in 2015 Wrap Up: Sustainable Computing Research Group (SCoRe)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

For the next several weeks, we will be showcasing wrap up posts from the 14 organizations that participated as mentor organizations for Google Code-in 2015. This week we feature SCoRe, an open source research project based in Sri Lanka.
The Sustainable Computing Research Group (SCoRe) at University of Colombo School of Computing conducts research covering various aspects of wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, digital forensic, information security, mobile applications and e-learning. The goal of our research is to generate computing solutions through identifying low cost methodologies and strategies that lead to sustainability. The solutions we get by sustainable computing research projects conducted at SCoRe lab are important for developing countries like Sri Lanka.

Inspired by our participation in Google Summer of Code (GSoC), for the very first time, SCoRe lab participated in Google Code-in 2015 (GCI), with 13 other open source organizations around the world. We offered 250 claimable task for students and we had 27 mentors, mentoring students who successfully completed 164 tasks! We gained active contributors to SCoRe, from students who contribute to our open source projects even after the contest ended.

The tasks covered code, user interface, research, quality assurance, outreach and documentation. 44 students completed at least one task with us this year and eight students completed at least three tasks with us to earn a GCI t-shirt. Six students completed over ten  tasks each in competition to become grand prize winners.

However among these students we had to choose the ones who we felt had the most impactful contributions. We’d like to congratulate the two grand prize winners from SCoRe: Brayan Alfaro and Anesu Mafuvadze.

Below is a comment received from a student who participated:

“It was my pleasure working with you and the SCoRe Community. This contest helped me to enhance my knowledge in software development...I gained a lot of knowledge through the tasks I did. My mentors guided me every time and I would gladly work with this community in the future. I would love to contribute to you in every possible way.”

We give our special thanks to our mentors who voluntarily worked throughout the contest around their busy schedules and vacation plans. We’d also like to thank all the students who actively participated and contributed to our organization. SCoRe was pleased to be selected as a mentoring organization for GCI 2015 and we hope to participate in both GSoC and GCI again in future!

By Dilushi Piumwardane, GCI mentor, SCoRe