Kharagpur Winter of Code

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Kharagpur Winter of Code
Status Active
Begins November
Ends January
Frequency Annually
Country Worldwide
Years active 5 (2016 – present)
Inaugurated 2016
Founder Kharagpur Open Source Society
Participants Students

The Kharagpur Winter of Code, often abbreviated as KWoC, is an annual five week long program where students new or unknown to free and open-source software contribute to coding projects registered in the program by experienced mentors or project owners and gain experience in contributing to open source software. The program is hosted by Kharagpur Open Source Society, an independent student group at IIT Kharagpur, but is open to students of any university.

The motive of organizing the program is to help students have one-on-one mentorship in the early phase of contributing to open source software. This also helps the students, especially freshmen and sophomores in their preparation for Google Summer of Code which takes place annually in March.

Kharagpur Winter of Code has been online since its inception and operates on its website

Overview[edit | edit source]

The program invites mentors who have ownership or collaborative rights on open source software projects, to register the projects. In the last week of November, the list of accepted projects is released on the website and students begin signing up for the program. Students then start to look through the projects and choose one or more of their choice.

Coding period for KWoC begins in the first week of December. Students now contact the mentors, look through issues to fix or new ideas to implement. The communication and activity of students and mentors is monitored by the program managers and any necessary help is provided by KOSS. Students have to submit their project reports by January 6th, while the successful participation of students depends on the work they do and their mentor's evaluation.

Detailed role descriptions and goals are discussed in the Student's Manual and the Mentor's Manual of the program.

History[edit | edit source]

2016[edit | edit source]

Top 3 contributors of KWoC 2016 along with KOSS team

In 2016, the program was announced on November 20th.[1] Around 930 students registered for the program along with 70 mentors. While only 40 students successfully completed the program, it received a widespread participation from 18 different colleges all over India.[2] The program was lauded by several successful participants, as it was their first significant contribution to any open source software.[3]

College wise successful participation[edit | edit source]

College Students
IIT Kharagpur 17
NIT Durgapur 4
IIT Bombay 3
IIT Mandi 2
BITS Pilani - Goa Campus 1
IIIT Hyderabad 1
Birla Vishwakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering College 1
Thiagarajar College of Engineering 1
Army Institute of Technology, Pune 1
IIEST Shibpur 1
NIT Jamshedpur 1
Velammal College of Engineering and Technology 1
IIT Jammu 1
Gujarat Technical University 1
Manipal Institute of Technology 1
Shiv Nadar University 1
SAL ITER, Ahmedabad 1
Manipal University 1

2017[edit | edit source]

The program was announced for the second time on November 11th, 2017.[4] accepting project registrations. Students registrations start on November 20th, 2017.

The program witnessed great positive response with over 1870 registrations by students. A total of 70 mentors and guided the students who sought to get experience working on open source projects. There were a total of 108 open source projects both programming and non-programming all hosted on GitHub. Owing to the astounding success of KWoC '16 and '17, on 20-21 Jan , 2018 KOSS IIT Kharagpur organised the first Open Source Summit in Kshitij.

College wise successful participation[edit | edit source]

College Students
IIT Kharagpur 63
Institute of Technical Education and Research 10
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University 9
SRM University 9
NIT Durgapur 8
NIT Trichy 5
International Institute of Information Technology 4
NIT Agartala 4
RV College of Engineering Bangalore 4
IIT Mandi 4
Birla Institute of Technology and Science 4
Jadavpur University 4
IIT Mandi 4
IIIT Hyderabad 3
Delhi Technological University 3
Others 141

Open Source Summit, Kshitij 2018[edit | edit source]

KWoC 2017 was announced in association with Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur's annual techno-management fest. KOSS also organized an "open source summit" during the fest (January 19th - January 21st 2018) where top speakers (mentors and students) were invited for talks and were aided with appropriate logistics. All successful students' fees were waived off to attend the summit during the fest.

2018[edit | edit source]

Kharagpur Winter of Code Season III was announced on November 14th, 2018 and started accepting project registrations from 16th November 2018. Students registrations started on November 26th, 2018.

2019[edit | edit source]

Kharagpur Winter of Code Season IV was announced on November 23rd, 2019 and started accepting project registrations from 10th November 2019. Students registrations started on November 23rd, 2019.

2020[edit | edit source]

Kharagpur Winter of Code Season V was announced on November 22nd, 2020 and started accepting project registrations from 26th November 2020. Students registrations started on November 26th, 2020 as well.

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