Focus on Cleon Mullings – 2018 Calico Challenge Participant

Today we feature Cleon Mullings one of our 2018 Calico Challenge participants. Here is some insight into Cleon’s views on technology.

“My name is Cleon J. Mullings, a first year student at the University of the West Indies who is pursuing a double major in Software Engineering and Medical Physics. I enjoy math, and tinkering with electronics. I also enjoy learning new skills that might be useful in the future. Recently I started learning LATEX, and Jupyter Notebooks, which will be useful in the future for my second-year physics courses which will require, me to do graphs and other types of data analysis. I am looking forward to my second-year as I will begin the courses specific to my majors , begin my tenure as the Technical Advisor for the UWI Computing Society and pass on my knowledge to the incoming first years. In the future I plan to use my experiences and knowledge in Software and Medical Physics to contribute to the respective fields in Jamaica.”

About The Calico Challenge

Calico is a Palisadoes summer internship program for Jamaican university student programmers. Their work is supervised by software industry volunteers with an interest in helping students transition into the work world. Calico stipends are paid when students achieve of pre-defined goals assigned by their mentors. The software code our Calico students produce are actually contributions to  various open source software projects. The results of their work are public on the GitHub website and  publicly show the quality of their work. This can be used by potential employers as an addition to the students’ resumes.

Open source software is created through the collaboration of volunteer programmers to make apps that are free for use by all. Popular open source projects include the Chrome and Firefox web browsers, the Android operating system used by 80% of all mobile phones, the freely available LibreOffice and OpenOffice alternatives to Microsoft Office, and many of the free apps available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Calico is very closely modeled on the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) initiative. Google has run GSoC for over ten years and in 2016 over 1,500 students around the world are expected to participate. A primary goal for Palisadoes is to make Calico a feeder program for GSoC.