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    May
    10th
    by
    Evan Winslow

    Welcome, GSoC Students!

    We are delighted to announce and welcome the three students that have been chosen to join us for Google Summer of Code this year!  As mentioned previously, there were many high quality applications and it was very hard to turn away so many.  The students we selected truly went above and beyond to set themselves apart during the application process not only as skilled developers, but as willing contributors to open source and excited believers in Elgg.

    Ravindra Nath Kakarla is a third-year Computer Science undergraduate at Gitam University in Vishakhapatnam, India.  Some of you may know him as blacktooth on IRC.  Under the mentorship of Evan Winslow, he’ll be working on AJAXifying Elgg, a high-demand and very exciting feature request that has the potential to dramatically improve the user experience and appeal of Elgg!


    Saket Saurabh is a final year undergraduate of Computer Science & Engineering at Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University.  Some of you may know him by his username: tachyon. Mentored by Cash Costello, Saket will be working to “implement a set of web services methods using Elgg's API which can be used by developers to integrate their software with Elgg’s framework.”  This project has significant implications for Elgg’s role in the mobile space.

    Francisco Hidalgo is studying computer science at the University of Córdoba in Spain.  He goes by hidef on IRC.  Mentored by Pablo Martin, Francisco will be working on the problem of internationalization of user-generated content, a feature that would be very helpful for those Elgg sites that are seeking to serve multiple language groups.  Pablo and Francisco are both members of the Lorea team, which has been a long-time supporter of Elgg.

    We consider it a privilege to be able to welcome these three as contributors to Elgg.  Ravindra, Saket, Francisco, congratulations on your accomplishment, and welcome to the community!  We’re glad to have you here and eagerly anticipate what the future holds!

    Keep checking back for personal introductions from each of the students as well as regular updates on their progress throughout the summer.