At Coding Blocks, most of us come from a vibrant Open Source Community, and that makes us strongly believe in free and open source software.

Each year we teach hundreds of students coding, programming and software development. Over the past four years (we started off in April 2014), we have helped more than 3000 students gain expertise in Android, Web, Data Science and more.

To be able to stay connected with our alumni, and reach out the wider community of budding software developers, we launched an annual summer programme - BOSS which stands for Bountiful Open Source Summer last year.

We’re took inspiration from other such open source summer programmes like Google Summer of Code, Google Code-In, Summer of KDE, RGSoC and many others to start our own programme to engage all of you via BOSS

In 2018, we are continuing where we left off, with BOSS 2018, the same competition, in a whole new avatar. We have bigger projects, and are expecting much more students to come in an participate.

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Leaderboard | Open Issues

BOSS 2017

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How will it work ?

At Coding Blocks we have a number of open source projects going on which on can find here -

http://github.com/coding-blocks

The objective is to get involved in these projects via contributions through Github (in form of Pull Requests).

BOSS 2018 starts from 15th May 2018, after which you’ll find most of our repositories will have issues marked with a bounty amount

You can check a couple of such issues for example -

More such issues with bounties will be made by 15th May, and will continuously keep getting created.

The more bounties you collect, the higher you are on the leaderboard. To top 10 students as on 15th August 2018 will be BOSS 2018 Winners.

How to participate ?

Two steps basically.

  1. Pick any open issue from here, solve it and send a pull request to us.
  2. Go to the BOSS website and claim the bounty.

Rules and Eligibility

Duration

Coding Period Start Date 15th May 2018
Coding Period End Date 15th August 2018
Result Declaration 20th August 2018

Who can participate ?

BOSS 2018 is open to any Indian Student. You could be a student enrolled in any school or a college or university. You might be asked to prove you were a bonafide student of a school, college or university as on 15th May 2018.

For students outside India, we are not officially considering them for 2018, mostly because there will be logistics issues with sending prizes for winners.

There is no process of registration. Anyone can start participating in BOSS 2018, at any point of time before 15th August 2018 (the end date).

NOTE Only issues with bounties resolved within the given period - 15th May 2018 - 15th August 2018, will be taken into consideration for calculation of winners.

Prizes

As on 15th August 2018, the top 10 students with maximum bounties collected will win the following prizes.

  • 1st Prize : Macbook Air

  • 2nd Prize : Oneplus 6

  • 3rd Prize : PlayStation 4 Slim

  • 4th Prize : Fitbit Charge 2

  • 5th Prize : All New Kindle

  • All top 10 winners: Coding Blocks Goodie Bag

NOTE: Prizes are subject to availability on Amazon.in. If unavailable as on 15th August 2018, some other prize of similar nature and similar value can be awarded.

The prizes are subject to the student having collected a minimum of 1000 bounty points.

Projects

As such any project part of the Coding Blocks Github Repo is part of BOSS. Some projects have further information about them that is available on this list http://lab.codingblocks.com/projects You can see what platforms, technologies they are using, and who are the maintainers.

Mentors

Following are people who’ll be mentoring BOSS 2018. They will have the final say in assigning bounty values to issues, and accepting Pull Requests.

Communication

You can hang out with mentors and other participants on the BOSS 2018 lobby on Gitter Gitter

If you have any specific query that you want to ask privately over email please use arnav [at] codingblocks [dot] com


Frequently Asked Questions

General

Is BOSS an internship ?

No BOSS is not an internship. This is a voluntary participation contest.

Who owns the code contributed ?

Your code’s authorship will remain with you. It will become part of the respective project you contributed to, as per the license that is used in the project. Most of our projects are MIT, Apache v2 or GPL v2 licensed.

Students

Can I participate in BOSS while undergoing an internship ?

As such, there is no problem. Please clear it out with your employer. They might have intellectual property rights issues regarding contributing to BOSS during office hours.

What are the criteria for participation ?

  • You should be above 13 years old
  • You should be enrolled in a recognised school, college or university on 15th May 2018

Can I get a certificate of participation ?

Absolutely. If you earn a minimum of 500 bounty points, you’re eligible to get a certificate of participation.

Open Source Maintainers

Can I bring my open source project under BOSS ?

Something that we are experimenting this year is also bringing in some open source projects into BOSS that are not directly stewarded by Coding Blocks. (As an example HasGeek’s mobile app will be part of BOSS as a project)

While we cannot guarantee we can include your project, but if you are an Indian open source maintainer, having an open source project used by a lot of people, please contact us and we will try bring your project under BOSS.


DISCLAIMER: Coding Blocks Pvt. Ltd reserved the rights to make changes to the judgement criteria and/or eligibility criteria. All decisions made by BOSS mentors with respect of granting bounty points are final and binding