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Meet the 2020 Google Summer of Code and Outreachy Interns

This past week we kicked off the 2020 Google Summer of Code. This year marks the 16th year for GSOC with Mifos participating for the 7th time independently and 9th year overall. As our stack of open source building blocks for financial services continues to grow, so does our class of interns – this year will be our largest class to date with 17 interns participating in GSOC through the Mifos Initiative along with three GSOC interns under the Apache Software Foundation working on Fineract and one Outreachy Intern for Mifos sponsored by DIAL to work on Apache Fineract. 

Working with an intern class of this size across all the projects and repositories between Mifos and Fineract will be a challenge that requires the effective participation of our community in helping to welcome these interns, provide feedback on their work, and to review and merge the contributions they are making. We are eager to incorporate the enhancements they’ll be making to our existing repositories and the new projects they will be starting but most importantly being able to pass the torch onto the next generation of our open source fintech force, who will become the future leaders of our community and fintech innovators blazing new trails. We will have eight interns working on our suite of mobile apps, five interns working on our web apps, four interns working on integration and new plugins/modules, and four interns working directly on Fineract 1.x. 

For our mobile apps, the primary focus areas will be integrating our customer-facing apps via Open Banking APIs and an API Gateway, enhancing functionality and user experience, deepening the integration with Payment Hub EE, along with rewriting apps into Kotlin to enable cross-platform development, and even abstracting out common code into an SDK and building a brand new app for third-party fintechs. Shashank Priyadarshi, will be working under the mentorship of Abhilash Gunasegaran and Saransh Sharma on our Android Client 7.0 while Ahmad Jawid Muhammadi will be working with support from Rajan Maurya on Fineract CN Mobile 4.0. Chinmay Kulkarni will also be working on our Android field operations apps by abstracting out common features into an SDK with support from Ishan Khanna. For our customer-facing apps, Shivangi Singh will be working on Mifos Mobile 5.0 under the mentorship of Sashank Mishra and Saksham Handu. Garvit Agarwal will be working on Mifos Mobile CN 3.0 with Abhijit Ramesh as his mentor. Ashwin Ramakrishnan will also be working on our customer-facing apps but converting them to Kotlin. Devansh Aggarwal will be working on our Mobile Wallet 4.0 with Shivansh Tiwari and Naman Dwivedi as his mentors. Ankur Sharma, a returning GSOC intern, will work on building brand new open banking fintech app with Naman, Rajan, and Istvan Molnar as his mentors. 

On the web front, we will aim to complete the rewrite of our web-app, build a more polished and streamlined reference UI for Fineract CN, enhance our online banking app, and build a configuration wizard and extend our Operations UI for Payment Hub EE. Two interns, Karan Takalkar and Muskan Khedia, working with Abhay Chawla and Jivjyot Singh, will be focused on completing the remaining 40% of our new web app in Angular and getting all the testing coverage in place to make sure it’s production-ready. Manish Kumar, another returning GSOC intern, will work under Ankit Ohja on our Online Banking App 4.0. Ashutosh Sharma will split his focus on two sub-projects, a self-guided configuration wizard on the new web-app with support from Bharath Gowda, and adding new screens and functionalities to the Operations UI for Payment Hub EE with support from Adam Saghy. Abhijeet Khangarot will be working on a brand new reference UI for Fineract CN focused on digital and challenger banks with support from Pranjal Goswami, Gaurav Saini, and Giorgio Zoppi. 

On integrations and additional modules for Fineract, we’ll continue to deepen our payments integration, explore more concepts in machine learning and build out more components for decisioning and origination. Subham Pramanik will be building out the Payment Hub EE connector for the GSMA Mobile Money API under the mentorship of Avik Ganguly and Rahul Goel. Finalizing our credit bureau integration module, will be Rahul Pawar, with mentors, Nikhil Pawar and Manoj VM, to guide him. Mehul Arora, will be completing our Machine Learning Credit Scorecards project under the guidance of Lalit Mohan. Yash Khare will be working with Nayan Ambali as his mentor on completing the Vision PPI project. 

We have a stellar class of GSOC interns from ASF and Outreachy working on some critical upgrades, enhancements, and testing improvements to Fineract 1.x to make core platform more stable and and production-ready to be a rock-solid upstream codebase for others to continue to innovate from.  Manthan Surkar will be tackling the expansive code refactoring across the platform along with completing Swagger API documentation and addressing issues in our backlog under the mentorship of long-time and returning mentor, Michael Vorburger. Yemdjih Kaze Nasser is surmounting the much-needed migration of our ORM from OpenJPA to Eclipselink with support from Awasum Yannick, Courage Angeh, and Sanyam Goel. Percy Ashu with the guidance of Awasum will be addressing vulnerability found in code scanning along with improving testing coverage of the platform. Natasha Narajan, part of the Outreachy program that we’re participating in with support from DIAL, is being mentored by Michael Vorburger and focusing on completing numerous tasks and issues from our backlog related to strengthening and hardening Fineract 1.x.

Read on for a brief professional intro for each intern and their project and stay tuned for our second round of posts introducing some fun facts about each intern. Feel free to find them on the lists or Gitter and welcome them to the community. Throughout the summer, we’ll have showcases of their work during the community meetings. 

Mobile Apps

  • Chinmay Kulkarni
    • Android SDK
    • Mentor(s): Ishan Khanna & Rajan Maurya
  • Devansh Aggarwal 
    • Mobile Wallet 5.0
    • Mentors: Shivansh Tiwari, Naman Dwivedi, Rahul Jha
  • Ankur Sharma
    • Open Banking Fintech App
    • Mentors: Shivansh, Naman, Rajan, Istvan Molnar
  • Shashank Priyadarshi
    • Android Client 7.0
    • Mentors: Abhilash Gunasegaran and Saransh Sharma
  • Ashwin Ramakrishnan
    • Convert Customer-Facing Apps to Kotlin
    • Mentors: Rajan Maurya, Ishan Khanna
  • Garvit Agarwal
    • Mifos Mobile CN 3.0
    • Mentors: Abhijit Ramesh
  • Shivangi Singh
    • Mifos Mobile 5.0
    • Mentors: Saksham Handu, Sashank Misra 
  • Ahmad Jawid Muhammadi 
    • Fineract CN Mobile 3.0
    • Mentors: Rajan Maurya

Web Apps

  • Karan Takalkar
    • Web App Rewrite
    • Mentor(s): Abhay Chawla & Jivjyot Singh 
  • Ashutosh Sharma
    • Configuration Wizard and Operations UI for Payment Hub EE
    • Mentors: Bharath Gowda & Adam Saghy
  • Abhijeet Khangarot
    • Digital Bank UI for Fineract CN
    • Mentors: Pranjal Goswami, Gaurav Saini, Giorgio Zoppi 
  • Muskan Khedia
    • Web App Rewrite
    • Mentor(s): Abhay Chawla & Jivjyot Singh 
  • Manish Kumar 
    • Online Banking App 4.0
    • Mentors: Ankit Ohja & Gaurav Saini

Fineract Integrations & Modules

  • Subham Pramanik
    • GSMA Mobile Money API Connector for Payment Hub EE
    • Mentor(s): Avik Ganguly and Rahul Goel 
  • Mehul Arora 
    • Machine Learning Credit Scorecards
    • Mentors: Lalit Mohan
  • Yash Khare
    • Vision PPI 
    • Mentor(s): Nayan Ambali
  • Rahul Pawar
    • Credit Bureau Integration 3.0
    • Mentors: Manoj VM & Nikhil Pawar

Apache Fineract 

  • Manthan Surkar (ASF)
    • Code Refactoring & Swagger API Documentation
    • Mentor(s): Michael Vorburger 
  •  Yemdjih Kaze Nasser (ASF)
    • Migrate ORM to Eclipselink
    • Mentors: Awasum Yannick, Courage Angeh, Sanyam Goel 
  • Percy Ashu (ASF)
    • Improving Code Quality & Testing Coverage
    • Mentor(s): Awasum Yannick 
  • Natasha Natarajan (Outreachy)
    • Strengthening and Hardening Fineract 1.x
    • Mentors: Michael Vorburger

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Google Summer of Code 2020 – End Poverty. One Line of Code at a Time.

gsoc2016-sun-373x373This summer you’ll have the ability to change lives – three billion of them – one line of code at a time. The Mifos Initiative will be participating in Google Summer of Code for the ninth time. You’ll have the have the chance to build web and mobile apps for digital financial services or contribute to our award-winning Mifos X open source technology platform powered by Apache Fineract or brand new Apache Fineract CN application framework for digital financial services. Google Summer of Code is a global program sponsored by Google that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects.  Students accepted to the program will spend their summers coding from May 18th to August 17th and upon successful evaluation, receive a stipend provided by Google. For full details on GSoC, read the FAQ and browse the program timeline – student applications are open from March 16 through March 31! You can apply from our organization page.

Want to learn more? Browse our ideas page for projects and links to all our code repositories.

To help aspiring applicants and answer any questions related to ideas or improving your applications and proposal, we’ll be holding a Mifos Google Summer of Code AMA on Tuesday, March 24.

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Partner Spotlight – Fiter

In this month’s Partner Spotlight we are featuring Fiter – one of our most globally distributed partners. Fiter truly exemplifies the collaborative spirit of the community as it was borne out of the partnership between two long-time Mifos community members, Robert Jakech and Javier Borkenztain. As the team continues to bring on customers from fintechs and financial institutions around the globe, their team has continued to grow, with Mifos community members joining their team, as well as brining fresh new talent into the community. Fiter is active throughout the community and committed to being a lead contributor to Mifos and Fineract. They are also one of our first partners to make a financial commitment back to the long-term sustainability of the Mifos Initiative by pledging a portion of their revenues as a donation. 

This regular blog series will shine the light on some of our top Partners. Not only do we want to recognize them for their accomplishments, we want others to learn from the approach they’ve taken to promote and implement Mifos.

Mifos Partners are one of the most crucial links in our community – they are the driving force that is promoting and supporting Mifos worldwide.  Aside from championing our product and bringing the Mifos technology to new markets, they act as the fundamental bridge feeding in MFI requirements to be developed by the community. Partners don’t stop there as many are also developing and localizing the product to fit their local market.  For all these reasons, we focus our full energy on making Partners successful – they are the primary channel to market, the eyes and ears on the ground, and the entrepreneurial force that will help us sustainably scale. We’d love to recognize your partner organization in this monthly spotlight so please reach out if you’d like to be featured.

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Meet the 2019 Google Summer of Code Class of Interns

Google Summer of Codegsoc2016-sun-373x373 2019 is well underway. We are now just nearing the end of Google Summer of Code but we still would like to properly introduce you to this year’s class of interns – GSOC is now in its 15th year and Mifos has the honor of participating for the sixth time independently and eighth year overall. Once again this is our biggest year to date with a total of 14 interns participating in GSOC directly through the Mifos Initiative. In this post we’re also going to introduce you to two GSOC interns that are being mentored through the Apache Software Foundation as well as two Outreachy interns sponsored by DIAL and the Outreachy General Fund working on documentation projects.

We have six interns working on mobile apps, three interns working on web apps, six interns working on new modules or the back-end for Fineract, one intern working on Fineract CN, and two Outreachy interns working on migrating our mailing list to Discourse and converting our user manual to a Gitbook. Stay tuned for some upcoming webinars in which our interns will be showcasing their work to our community and Part 2 of this blog post giving a personal look into each of interns. 

For our suite of Mifos Mobile Apps on Fineract and Fineract CN, we have six students continuing to extend them. Moksh Mahajan, under the mentorship of Tarun Mudgal, will be extending our Android Field Operations App to Version 6.0. Prashant Khandelwal is working Mifos Mobile 4.0, our mobile banking app, Shivansh Tiwari is working on Version of our Mobile Wallet, Saksham Handu, under the mentorship of Rajan Maurya, is working on Version 3.0 of Fineract CN Mobile while Abhijit Ramesh is working on Version 2.0 of Mifos Mobile CN. Lastly Manish Kumar is contributing to FiinWallet – a hybrid mobile wallet/banking app contributed by Fintecheando. 

On the front-end, both Jivjyot Singh and Abhay Chawla are working completing the rewrite of the Mifos X web app into Angular 7 while Cajetan Rodrigues is working on Version 3.0 of the Online Banking app.

On the back-end for Fineract, we’re looking to wrap up some eagerly awaited projects and release some new Mifos X innovation, Sidhant Gupta is using the recently created Payment Hub to integrate with the GSMA mobile money API. Apporva MK is experimenting with some bleeding edge technology by building out a tool to collect the PPI by only taking images and using the Computer Vision APIs and machine learning to detect objects in those imagesk. Anshul Singth is refining the Mifos chatbot and helping to make it production-ready – Likewise, Supreeth S Karan, is continuing our machine learning project development a scorecard from credit risk assessment. Last but not least, Dylan Robson is hardening and strengthening Fineract and Mifos X by fixing some long outstanding bugs and feature request from our backlog. 

Under the umbrella of the Apache Software Foundation, on Fineract CN, Ebenezer Graham, is continuing his contributions working to remove Category X dependencies. Kang Brader is updating and making production-ready our Swagger APIs.

Participating in Outreachy with the support of DIAL, we have two interns from Cameroon working on documentation and collaborative projects – Massabe Lydian Kengne is converting our user manual to Gitbook format and Kerlyn Manyi is migrating our old Mifos mailing lists and Google Groups to a highly collaborative Discourse forum.

Mobile Apps – Mifos X (Fineract)

Prashant Khandelwal

 

 

 

 

  • Mifos Mobile 4.0
  • Mentor: Rajan Maurya & Anamika
Shivansh Tiwari – India

 

 

 

 

  • Mobile Wallet 3.0
  • Mentor: Naman Dwivedi
Moksh Mohajan – India

 

 

 

 

  • Android Field Operations App 6.0
  • Mentor: Tarun Mudgal
Manish Kumar – India

 

 

 

 

  • FiinWallet
  • Mentor: Victor Romero & Karina

Mobile Apps – Fineract CN

Abhijit Ramesh- India

 

 

 

 

  • Mifos Mobile CN 2.0
  • Mentor: Rajan Maurya & Abhilash G
Saksham Handu – India

 

 

 

 

  • Fineract CN Mobile 3.0
  • Mentor: Rajan Maurya
   

Mifos X Web Apps

Abhay Chawla – India

 

 

 

 

  • Web App Rewrite & Configuration Wizard
  • Mentor: Gaurav Saini & Pranjal Goswami
Jivjyot Singh – India 

 

 

 

 

  • Mifos X Web Rewrite to Angular 7
  • Mentor: Pranjal Goswami & Kelvin Okwome
Cajetan Rodrigues – India

 

 

 

 

  • Online Banking App 3.0
  • Mentor: Ankit Raj Ohja
 

Fineract & Mifos X Modules

Sidhant Gupta – 

 

 

 

 

  • GSMA Mobile Money Integration with Payment Hub
  • Mentor: Avik Ganguly & Manoj VM 

Dylan Robson – USA

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hardening 0f Mifos X and Apache Fineract
  • Mentor: Courage Angeh & Vishwas Babu
Apoorva M K – India

 

 

 

 

  • Computer Vision PPI
  • Mentor: Ishan Khanna, Nayan Ambali, Rahul Goel
Anshul Singh – India

 

 

 

 

  • Mifos Chatbot 2.0
  • Mentor: Aleks Vidakovic & Raul. 
Supreeth S Karan 

 

 

 

 

  • Machine Learning Scorecard for Credit Risk Assessment
  • Mentor: Lalit Mohan
 

Apache Software Foundation GSOC Interns

Kang Brader – Cameroon 

 

 

 

 

  • Update Swagger API Docs
  • Mentor: Sanyam Goel
Ebenezer Graham – Mauritius

 

 

 

 

  • Remove Category X Dependencies 
  • Mentor: Isaac Kamga & Awasasum Yannick
   

Outreachy Interns

Kerlyn Manyi – Cameroon

 

 

 

  • Migrate Google Groups to Discourse
  • Mentor: Ruphine Kengne & Ed Cable
Massable Lydiane Kengne – Cameroon

 

 

 

 

  • Convert User Manual to Gitbooks Format
  • Mentor: Courage Angeh
   

 

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Star Contributor of the Month – Abhay Chawla

This month we are extremely excited to recognize Abhay Chawla as our Star Contributor of the Month, and first of 2019! We are recognizing Abhay for his wonderful involvement in several areas of the Mifos community. Since wrapping up his Google Summer of Code internships, he’s stayed steadily involved with the community – spearheading the documentation and evangelism to onboard new contributors during Code for Good week. He then went on to serve as a mentor for Google Code-In, sharing his experience and wisdom with high school students. Now, he’s mentoring Chirag Gupta on an internship to bring to completion the web app rewrite he started. Abhay is always thorough, articulate, and patiently ready to guide others to contribute! Read more

Top 10 Mifos Moments of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look back on the year that was. The growth of our ecosystem, both in scale of outreach and breadth of services and solutions continues to impress us – more than 10,000,000 individuals are now being reached by solutions powered by Mifos and Fineract! We finally began to tell that story on a grander stage, getting the word out at multiple conferences and getting recognized for different awards. While we didn’t ship many official releases, we’re ready to release the newest versions of our mobile wallet and mobile banking apps, the next release of Mifos X and are ready to jumpstart the community around Fineract CN.

As we heads toward 2019, we look to our vibrant ecosystem to help us take the Mifos Initiative to new heights – we’ll be working directly with partners to catalyze new solutions, we’ll be launching an association-based funding model to directly enable partners and users to help with ongoing sustainability, and we’ll begin executing upon our roadmap for Fineract CN, unlocking our vision of Financial Inclusion 2.0.

Here’s our list of the top 10 moments from 2018 in more or less chronological order.

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Star Contributor of the Month – Chirag Gupta

This month we are extremely excited to recognize Chirag Gupta as our star contributor for the month, and last of 2018! Chirag is our youngest Star Contributor to date! After working with Mifos through Google-Code-In as a student in 2016, Chirag has continued to contribute ever since! This year he served as a Google-Code-In Mentor, where he has mad a tremendous impact helping guide students in the same way he was during GCI only a few short years ago. In addition to being a GCI Mentor, Chirag has helped Mifos in numerous ways, including fixing bugs in our mobile pay app and web projects. We couldn’t have done Google Code-In this year without Chirag – he was there to welcome and help nearly every student. Keep up the great work, Chirag! We love having you as a part of our Mifos family! Read more

Fineract Fintech Track at ApacheCon North America 2018

Next week ApacheCon descends upon Montreal – we’ll have a large contingent of our community in  attendance and Fineract will take center stage with PMC VP, Myrle Krantz, giving a keynote entitled Banking on Open Source.

I’ll be giving a similar version of the talk James Dailey and I delivered at OSCON, Open Banking: Fueling Innovation on an Open Source Core Banking Platform. In this talk, I’ll show firsthand what Open Source Banking truly is by presenting four enterprise case studies on Fineract adoption, implementation, and contribution at financial institutions ranging from fintechs to microfinance banks.

This is my first ApacheCon and I’m looking forward to it – for the chance to put faces to names for the many ASF members I’ve interacted with on the lists and to attend sessions to further immerse myself in the Apache Way.  

For any of the Mifos or Fineract community in North America, I’d highly recommend you try to make it the conference because Tuesday, Sept 25, will house the Fineract Fintech track. Thank you to Rich Bowen for making this dedicated track happen.

Myrle Krantz, Apache Fineract VP will kick things off with a keynote that morning entitled “Banking on Open Source”. Next up will be Rajan Maurya sharing his experiences as an intern on Branchless Banking and Promoting Financial Inclusion in the Fragile States.  My talk on Open Source Banking will then follow and later in the day, Gaurav Saini will speaking about building an Offline-First Expense Manager App with Apache CouchDB.  Daniel Ruggeri of Mastercard will be giving his talk, Bringing Enterprise into the Open Source World  that fits nicely into the theme as it chronicles Mastercard’s Open Source contribution journey.

A big thank you also to the Apache Travel Assistance Committee whose generous travel sponsorship is enabling Rajan Maurya, Kumaranath Fernando, and Sanyam Goel to travel all the way from India to attend.

Brady’s First Time at OSCON

For those of you whom I haven’t had the opportunity to meet, my name is Braden McDarment. I am a junior at the University of Washington, Seattle campus, studying Political Economy and Economics.

Just a few weeks ago Ed Cable, James Dailey, and I drove down to Portland for the 20th anniversary of OSCON! The event was hosted at the Oregon Convention Center, where it will be held again next year. At the end of each event day I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with many renowned individuals of the open source community.

During the day Ed and I manned the Mifos Initiative booth. At the booth we informed attendees about our mission and how we go about tackling financial inclusion. The attendees asked several keen questions and were eager to learn more about how they could help our community grow. The discussions helped me broaden my knowledge about Mifos and the open source community.

Many of the attendees we talked to expressed interest in volunteering after learning more, and some even wanted to join the Open Source Fintech Force by donating to Mifos. You can also join the Open Source Fintech Force by donating today! Without your support Mifos won’t be able to reach the millions of people in desperate need of access to financial services. Click the link below to be a supporter.

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Also at OSCON, I had the chance to attend a few of the talks. The subjects varied from blockchain to open banking. One talk that stood out to me was “Cloud-native Open Source on the Blockchain for Financial Inclusion” by Myrle Krantz. She is the VP of Apache Fineract and has been passionate about financial inclusion ever since she worked at Mifos. She spoke about how 10% of humanity lives on less than $1.90 a day, and how 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to financial services. Mrs. Krantz discussed how Apache Fineract CN makes it easy for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to be more efficient and successful. Because many MFIs don’t want to host their own database, Apache Fineract CN is a perfect solution to this dilemma. I’m excited to see the impact Apache Fineract has on the world in the coming years.

Ed and James also led a discussion called “Open Banking: Fueling Innovation on an Open Source Core Banking Platform”. I recommend you can take a look at their slides here.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at OSCON. Being able to meet people at the other booths, as well as at our own, taught me a significant amount about open source and its community. I want to say thank you to O’Reilly Media, Inc. for putting on the event and to the attendees who expressed interest in helping the Mifos Initiative in the future. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.

Cheers!

Star Contributor of the Month – Aleks Vidakovic

We are recognizing Aleks Vidakovic from Belgrade, Serbia as our newest Star Contributor! Aleks is one of our more seasoned community members who has had a major impact on the project through multiple generations of the code. Aleks first came to the community by way of Robert Jakech, helping build a brand new Mifos X UI for FINEM in Uganda. He then kicked off a major project with Gentera in Mexico. Apart from helping deliver a rock-solid customer experience for these institutions, Aleks has been an anchor in our community, both contributing and passing on the torch to new contributors. He’s been a sage and empathetic mentor for the past two Google Summer of Codes, first mentoring Sanyam Goel on Swagger integration and most recently Dingfan Zhou on the chatbot project. The patience and passion he puts into mentoring astounds me; it’s moving to see how dedicated individuals like Aleks are. Most recently, Aleks has also earned committership to Apache Fineract and is now finalizing the setup and configuration of the much-needed demo server for Fineract CN.

Join in giving congrats to Aleks who is one of the chillest guys around and would love to hear from you!

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