Google Code-in/2017

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Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make free and open source software (FOSS) development possible. Students must complete tasks, one at a time. It is sponsored and run by Google. The Google Code-in 2017 contest runs from November 28, 2017 to January 17, 2018 (see the full timeline). MetaBrainz is participating for the third time.

General instructions for GCI students

Tasks are divided into the following categories:

  • Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  • Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  • Outreach/research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  • Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  • User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Quality Over Quantity: It’s not about being the student who completes the most tasks, that only gets you to the top 10 to be reviewed, it doesn’t mean you will be a grand prize winner.

Collaboration: Open source is not just about coding but very much about working with other people to find the best solution. Being a part of the community is an essential part of success in Google Code-in. Mentors like students who worked hard on their projects but also participated on IRC and helped answer questions other students had. IRC channels for MetaBrainz are #metabrainz and #musicbrainz on the Freenode IRC network.


All communications should happen in the public and publicly logged IRC channels, #metabrainz and #musicbrainz. Private discussions are highly discouraged, unless it's personally sensitive. If you must message someone in private, be sure to ask in public first.


Name IRC Nick Timezone Org. admin Introduction
Freso (Frederik S. Olesen) (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) Freso UTC+0100 Yes Official MetaBrainz Community Manager (yes, that's his actual job), all-round MetaBrainz knowledge
Caroline Gschwend (@MusicBrainz) gcilou UTC-0600 Yes Google Code-in 2015 Winner from MetaBrainz, general MetaBrainz knowledge, UX and graphic design, community outreach
Ben Ockmore (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) LordSputnik UTC+0000 Yes BookBrainz Lead Developer. GCI mentor for 2015, 2016. Also knows MusicBrainz.
Sean Burke (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) Leftmost UTC-0700 No BookBrainz lead, ne'er-do-well, once wrote some Perl for MusicBrainz
CatQuest, the Endeavouring Cat! (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) CatQuest or ZaphodBeeblebrox UTC+0200 (always DST) No Instrument Inserter at musicbrainz, member for 13 years, knows about all kinds of weird stuff.
reosarevok (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) reosarevok UTC+0200 No Style leader at MusicBrainz, occasional code monkey, 1.5 million edits.
Wizzup (Merlijn Boris Wolf Wajer) Wizzup UTC+0100 No Whipper developer, will mentor tasks related to whipper
samj1912 (Sambhav Kothari) samj1912 UTC+0530 No Software Engineer at MetaBrainz. Maintainer for Picard and SOLR Search.
sampsyo (Adrian Sampson) sampsyo UTC-0400 No Maintainer of beets.
Param Singh (iliekcomputers) (@ListenBrainz) iliekcomputers UTC+0530 No 2017 Google Summer of Code student working on ListenBrainz (and MessyBrainz and other projects).
ferbncode (@CritiqueBrainz) ferbncode UTC+0530 No 2017 Google Summer of Code student working on CritiqueBrainz. Loves MetaBrainz.
yvanzo (@GitHub, @MusicBrainz) yvanzo UTC+0100 No Software Engineer at MetaBrainz, Co-Maintainer of MusicBrainz Server.
Leo Verto (@MusicBrainz, @BookBrainz) Leo_Verto UTC+0100 No BookBrainz, SpamBrainz and lots of other stuff.
arthelon (Daniel Hsing) (@GitHub, @BookBrainz) arthelon UTC+0800 No 2016 Google Code-in Winner. Full-stack JavaScript developer.
anshuman73 (Anshuman Agarwal) (@GitHub) anshuman73 UTC+0530 No Google Code-In 2016 Grand Prize Winner
Justin W. Flory (@GitHub, @MusicBrainz, @ListenBrainz) jwf UTC-0500 No ListenBrainz contributor, MusicBrainz metadata contributor, documentation lover.
Major Lurker (Andrew C) (@MusicBrainz) MajorLurker UTC+1100 No MusicBrainz editor. Will be mentoring tasks related to MusicBrainz editing.
David Saunders (@MusicBrainz) drsaunders UTC-0500 No MusicBrainz editor. Will be mentoring tasks related to MusicBrainz editing.

If you're interesting in being a mentor for the MetaBrainz organisation and you're already an active community member, contact Freso on IRC. If you're not currently an active member of the MetaBrainz community, read up on How to Contribute to get involved and consider asking next year.

Note: Mentors are humans who eventually leave their computers to sleep, work, study, etc. and they may also be in a different timezone than you. It could take your mentor(s) up to 36 hours to review the work you have submitted. You should be reasonably patient and should not ask for a review of your work after only a few hours of waiting. Google Code-In is about the quality of your contributions and learning how FOSS development works, not about the number of tasks that you have worked on.
Note: Feel free to suggest additional tasks.