Write Code. Save Lives.

OpenMRS will apply for their 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.

OpenMRS will apply as a participation organization for Google Summer of Code 2012. Accepted organizations will be announced on March 16. Please visit this page again at that time for more information.

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Potential Mentors

If you are an active participant in the OpenMRS community and would like to be a mentor for 2012, please edit this page and add your name to the list below. Potential mentors should take some time to read the GSoC Mentoring Manual.


Potential Summer of Code project ideas for 2012 will be listed here. Please write to the developers mailing list to ask smart questions (how?) or share ideas about potential projects. Mentor assignments will be still subject to change until accepted students are announced.



Probable Mentor

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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. Join our developers mailing list. Write an e-mail and introduce yourself – tell us about yourself and why OpenMRS is interesting to you.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Join our Developers Forum every Thursday to learn about the latest activities & work happening in our community. You can participate by telephone, Skype, and online via Adobe Connect.
  6. 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 OpenMRS ID personal profile page. (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.


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:

Next Steps for Accepted Students

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

  1. 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.).
  2. 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.
  3. Get a development environment installed and running.
  4. Review our Conventions page.
  5. Get an OpenMRS ID if you don't have one already.
  6. Set up a blog for 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.
  7. Browse the current OpenMRS code specific to your project.
  8. If you don't have one yet, get an OpenMRS ID and create your user profile page.
  9. Browse other GSoC organizations and the pages they have for their students. We want to be the best!
  10. Review the requirements for your project together with your mentor.
  11. Submit a formal written proposal to your mentor.
  12. Agree on final requirements with your mentor.
  13. Develop a project schedule (timeline) with your mentor.

Helpful Community Resources

Project Presentations