Finding My GSoC’18 Organisation

It was the beginning of March 2018, and if you have read my previous blog, you know how much I had delayed already. (2 years :P)
Finding the right organisation is much more difficult than it sounds, you are going to work on something, for 3 months and you must choose well.

There are mainly 3 different ways people choose an organization (s)
1. Learn new skills: When someone wants to work on a new unfamiliar technology, aspiring to master it during the internship period.

2. Work on familiar Technology: When someone wants to work on familiar technology and hone their skills while developing something useful by working on a real project.

3. Problem Statement: When someone chooses an organization based on the problem statement/Idea proposed by the organization, or the work the organization is involved in. This choice depends entirely on their idea of a challenging and exciting problem.

Finding my organization was a combination of mainly 2 and 3. I wanted to work in node.js and React and was looking for an open source project which was contributing to a good cause.

And then I found Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL).The DIAL Open Source Center is a collaborative space for many different open source software projects serving the international development and humanitarian response sectors.

Under this umbrella organisation, I found the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. They provide map data which revolutionises disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
I had chosen this project because of two major reasons, first being the organisation itself and the motive behind the project which I found very interesting and important to work on, secondly the technology stack the project is using JavaScript/NodeJS for APIs and React for the frontend.

Many students choose multiple organisation to contribute to during the Student Application Period and before, totally a personal choice. I chose one organisation which fortunately turned out well for me.

Read more about the Pre-Proposal Phase in my next blog!