Think Google Thursday: Get your code on with Google Code-in

What is Google Code-in?

Following on the success of the Google Summer of Code program for university students, the Google Code-in is a contest for pre-university students (e.g., high school and secondary school students ages 13-17) with the goal of encouraging young people to participate in open source. A similar program, the Google Highly Open Participation contest ran in 2007, and in 2010 we changed the format slightly and the Google Code-in program was born. The Google Code-in contest continues to reach students from all around the globe, over the last four years there have been 1575 students from 78 countries that completed tasks in the online contest.

For seven weeks from early December to mid January, the Google Code-in contest will have students working with up to 12 selected open source projects on a variety of tasks. The different categories of tasks that students will be able to work on include:
  • Code: writing or refactoring 
  • Documentation/Training: creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  • Outreach/research: community management, outreach/marketing, or studying problems and recommending solutions
  • Quality Assurance: testing and ensuring code is of high quality 
  • User Interface: user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Want to participate?!  Find more information here: