Congratulations to Shreyans Sheth as he has been nominated by his peers as this month’s Volunteer of The Month! We want to acknowledge his work and commitment to the OpenMRS community, so we asked him a few questions to learn more about his involvement with OpenMRS.
About Shreyans Sheth
Name: Shreyans Sheth
Online Handle: bholagabbar
I'm a Computer Science and Engineering Major at VIT University Chennai entering my Senior year. I've known how to code some easy stuff since grade 6 since we were taught BASIC, C++ and Java all throughout school but I began programming seriously during my freshman year, primarily solving algorithmic and programming challenges on platforms like Codechef in Java.
How I got started with OpenMRS
During the fall of 2015 when I was in my Sophomore year, my friends and I had been selected for a Hackathon where we ended up building an Android app to aid rural healthcare in India and the project was fairly successful.
Being one for the first GSoCers from my college was a big and I'm proud to say that somewhere, I had a hand in improving the programming culture at my university and giving students from lesser known universities hope that they too could make an impact somewhere! This year, we have 6 GSoCers from my university and one of them, @reubenv is right here!
My role at OpenMRS:
So as I mentioned, I began as a student developer, contributing the the OpenMRS codebase. Most of my work was on the Core, Legacy UI, Core Modules and Rest Webservices module. After GSoC, I was a mentor for Google Code-in 2016.
I'm not as active as I used to be back when I was contributing but I do intend to take up more organisational roles here at OpenMRS in the future. I don't think I could ever really leave
What I do now
OpenMRS and GSoC pratically kickstarted my career and credibility as a student and software developer. I was fortunate to land internships at 2 of the best startups in my country with perks and pays I still find hard to believe I deserve. You can read more about my work and projects at my website http://shreyanssheth.com or on My GitHub.
I also lead Backend development and Operations at WolfBeacon, a fully open source platform for hackathon organisation being built by student developers and hackers from all around the planet. A lot of our development practices and principles are inspired by OpenMRS!
What my interests are
Besides's code? That's a tough one! I've been playing the guitar since I was a kid so I like jamming out to some good riffs. I like reading, listening to rock, researching new trends, contemplating of life in general and having a good laugh
What makes OpenMRS special to me
Everything! I would especially like to (again) thank @dkayiwa (mah man!), @wyclif , @darius, @r0bby, @pascal and all the other developers for all that they've done. They've done an amazing job at making OpenMRS what it is. All those code reviews, conversation and forums a hand in making me whatever I am today