Write Code. Save Lives.

OpenMRS is participating for the 6th year as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code™ in 2012. We've enjoyed participating in this great program in the last 5 years and are even more excited about the projects and mentors we have available this year. Coding for OpenMRS is a great way to practice your coding skills and, at the same time, help benefit people in developing countries who are on the front lines of the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and other public health challenges.


Congratulations to our accepted students! Read below on this page for important information about next steps.

Students, Projects, & Mentors

Project Name


Primary Mentor

Backup Mentor


Patient Summary Import and Export


Logging Errors to the Database


Personal Health Record Module Enhancement


Filtering Forms on Dashboard


Better Error Submission Process for FDBK Module


HTML Form Entry Module Enhancements


Images & Files in HTML Form Entry


Merge Concepts Module


Re-implement BIRT Module


In-page Localization


Database Synchronization


Patient Dashboard Tabs Loaded via AJAX


De-duplication User Experience


Anatomical Drawing


Human Resources Module


Dynamic List Entry Tags and Widgets


Metadata Sharing Server Project


Next Steps for Accepted Students

After accepted students are announced, here's what should happen:

  1. If you can, attend the Developers Forum on Thursday 26 April to briefly introduce yourself and meet other students.
  2. Contact your mentor immediately. Make a plan to communicate with them regularly - at minimum, once each week. Determine the best way to communicate (e-mail, IRC, IM, Skype, telephone, etc.).
  3. If you haven't yet, join our developers mailing list to keep track of what's going on in our development community and our IRC channel to spend time with other community members & students.
  4. Get OpenMRS installed and running. Read Developer Guide, Getting Started as a Developer, and ask others in the community if you have questions. If you ask questions the smart way, you'll get better responses.
  5. Get a development environment installed and running.
  6. Review our Conventions page.
  7. Set up a blog for your work on open source projects, including GSoC. Send the URL to Michael Downey. If you don't have a blog yet, you can create one for free at WordPress.com or Blogger.com.
  8. Browse the current OpenMRS code specific to your project.
  9. Review the requirements for your project together with your mentor.
  10. Agree on final requirements with your mentor, and post a formal written proposal including project schedule (timeline) on which you both agree.

Project Presentations

Helpful Community Resources


What we expect of students:

What students should expect of OpenMRS during the summer:

What we expect of mentors:

Program Timeline

We will follow the official Google timeline for the program. In summary:

Thinking about applying?

We're happy you're interested in working on OpenMRS during Summer of Code 2012. Here are some tips that we've prepared to help your application process be easier and more successful. These are all things you can do today to start getting involved.

One-sentence version: Become an active contributor in our community right away. The sooner you do this, the more familiar we'll be with your name and your work.


  1. First, read the GSoC Student Guide to get familiar with Google Summer of Code.
  2. Create an OpenMRS ID and a personal space on your wiki and tell us about yourself. Here's a great personal wiki page from a MediaWiki student you might want to use as a guide.
  3. Join our developers mailing list to keep track of what's going on in our development community.
  4. Join our IRC channel and introduce yourself – meet some other community members and tell us about yourself and why OpenMRS is interesting to you.
  5. To start, install OpenMRS (just like a user would) and learn a bit about how it works. If you have problems, write the developers mailing list and we'll help you work through them.
  6. Want to get more involved? Set up your development environment and fix some simple bugs listed on our Introductory Tickets list. Read Getting Started as a Developer for details on how to do this.
  7. Join our Developers Forum every Thursday to learn about the latest activities & work happening in our community or join an OpenMRS University call on Wednesday. You can participate by telephone, Skype, and online via Adobe Connect.
  8. Interact with our community. Continue to ask smart questions (what?) on our mailing list or hang out on IRC to ask and answer questions.

Application questions

Expect to see the following questions on student applications:

  1. Who are you? What are you studying?
  2. Please provide the URL to your wiki personal space. (If you don't have one yet, please create one.)
  3. Why are you the right person for this task?
  4. Do you have any other commitments we should know about?
  5. List your Java experience.
  6. List your web interface experience.
  7. List any previous experience working with open source projects. (This experience is not a requirement.)
  8. Please provide links to websites created by you and/or source code examples.
  9. Do you have experience with Spring/Hibernate/DWR/HL7/Tomcat/MySQL/AOP? (Experience with any/all is not a requirement.)
  10. What is your preferred method of contact and how should we reach you with it? (phone, email, Skype, IRC, IM, etc.)
  11. If you have visited our IRC channel, please include your IRC nickname in your application.
  12. If you have added any patches to tickets, please include the ticket numbers.