Congratulations to the Magnificient 7

Congratulations to the seven students from Chennai who made it to Google Summer of Code.  I am especially proud that they all participated in #32hourstartup and/or #in50hours product building events. Here is a list of the people selected.

  1. Yuvi – KCG College, Mediawiki
  2. Madhu-  SSN, GNOME
  3. Karthik –   SSN, GNOME
  4. Kishore – KCG College, OSGeo
  5. Sathya – CEG, Tor/EFF
  6. Feroze – VEC, GNOME/GStreamer
  7. Shiv Deepak – SRM, Sahana Eden (Didn’t attend 32HourStartup, but attended #In50Hrs)

#32hourstartup was the first weekend hackathon organized by students of SSN college and actively supported by other colleges. Yuvi from KCG Tech played a pivotal role in bringing this event along with Sharath and the team from SSN. They pulled off an amazing event and it was a privilege for some of us to be involved in that event. Nice to see that several students applied for GSOC and six of them were selected. To quote Yuvi:

People for whom 32HourStartup started the hackerspirit, eventually ending up in GSoC applications

That is really nice to know. You never think of these effects when you start these events.

#in50hours was another product building event organized as the launch of The Startup Centre in Chennai. There was considerable overlap between the participants of #32hourstartup and this event.

Some of these participants are regular contributors and participants in Chennai Geeks techmeets, Nerd Dinner casual meets and hang out in other startup communities like Chennai Open Coffee Club.

One thing is for sure. A tech/startup eco-system is emerging in Chennai and it is nice to be part of it all.


Thanks to Yuvi for alerting me to this event (about 4 hours before the results were published) and pinging me immediately after to tell who was selected. Yuvi was selected last year also. He is the true inspiration behind all these participants.

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