I am an undergraduate Computer Science student at IIT Ropar - India.
So this was the beginning of my GSoC project "phyloGeoRef". Before coding formally I had to get acquainted with github. My mentor had sent me a couple of good links to get going with github easily. Here are they.
Forked the original repository, cloned it to my local machine and had a working copy of the project ready. There were some dependency problems which still held me back from running the project.