Google Code-in 2012 comes to a close

Monday, January 14, 2013

Congratulations to the 334* students who have been busy completing 1,913* tasks for the last seven weeks in the Google Code-in contest.  The 13-17 year-old students received a hands-on introduction to open source software development by working directly with 10 open source projects that have developed tasks for the students, complete with mentors to offer guidance along the way.

Students completed tasks like writing small pieces of code, creating tutorials to help new users of the software, reporting bugs, writing documentation for the open source projects and everything in between.

Stay tuned to this blog as we will be announcing the 20 Grand Prize Winners (2 from each open source organization) on February 4th. The Grand Prize Winners receive a trip for themselves and a parent/legal guardian to Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters for four days this April where they will meet with Google engineers, explore the Google campus and enjoy a day full of adventures in San Francisco.

Congratulations again students on your accomplishments, we hope you had fun working with the open source organizations and mentors and will continue to stay involved in the community or with other open source projects in the future.

A huge thank you to all of the mentors and organization administrators who have spent many busy nights and weekends helping students learn about the many aspects of open source software development. This contest would not be possible without all of your dedication and excitement in sharing your passion for your projects with these students.

In the next few weeks we will post more stats on the contest and snippets about some of the extraordinary work the students completed during the Google Code-in.

Great job Students, Mentors and Organization Administrators!

* The final evaluations are currently being graded, these numbers will likely rise in the next few days.

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs