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Spreading the cult of opensource : OpenCode Orientations

Mar 17, 2019|a minute

Samarth Mohanty


In the words of Richard Stallman,

Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement.

The responsibility to bring this movement among the NITR junta has been taken up by OpenCode- the official open-source community of NIT Rourkela. Since its inception a year before, the club has proved its worth by working on a plethora of projects, conducting the first ever Hackathon of NIT Rourkela, RunIO during Innovision-2018 as well as bagging awards in Hackathons around the country.

On the 11th of March, the club organized it’s second orientation cum inductions to attract the young new minds who wish to learn about open source programming and help create projects which could be helpful to the society.

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The event began at 6:30 pm with a general introduction about open source coding and the role that the club plays by Roshan Shaw, a member of the club. He went on to speak about the various divisions within the club that are, the robotics, app development, and web development teams. This was followed by a talk from Abel Mathew, the Student lead of Developers Student Clubs, NIT Rourkela Chapter. OpenCode will be collaborating with DSC to handle its App Development Wing. He encouraged the students to share their ideas about their dream app that could be used to solve a problem in society. Finally, Shashwat Lenka, the President of the club came on to the dais to talk about the various ongoing projects taken up by the club. He also talked about programs like the Google Summer of Code and Hacking Challenges where the members have excelled. The students were asked simple questions throughout the orientation and the ones giving interesting answers were gifted stickers.

Shaswat Lenka, the President of the club was quoted saying,

The primary goal of the club now will be to take its existing prototypes into production. Along with that, increasing open source contributions through independent student developer programmes and prototyping new project ideas is what we will be focusing on in future.

The students were then provided with a basic questionnaire that would showcase their interest in the field of Open source coding. The students shortlisted from the first round would be called up for subsequent rounds of screening including PIs and tasks.

Team MM wishes OpenCode and its members very good luck in their future ventures.

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