Google Code-in 2013 comes to an end

Monday, January 6, 2014

Google Code-in 2013, our contest introducing 13-17 year old pre-university students to open source software development ended earlier today.

Congratulations to the 334* students from around the world who have been working very hard over the last seven weeks completing 2,100* tasks in the contest. 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 hosting information sessions about the projects in their local communities or via Hangouts.

Not only did students gain real world experience working with 10 open source software projects during the contest and applying the skills they learned in their studies, they also learned how to work collaboratively with a community of developers. As students worked on their tasks, there were mentors available to help guide them and teach them new skills and knowledge about how open source software projects work. Students also earned fun prizes like t-shirts and certificates.

We will be announcing the 20 grand prize winners for Google Code-in 2013 on Monday, January 20th on this blog. Each of the 10 open source projects will choose 2 students to be their grand prize winners. These students will 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 to all of the students who participated in the contest.  We hope you all had fun working with the open source organizations and mentors and continue to stay involved in the community or with other open source projects in the future.

The success of the contest comes not only from the hard work and enthusiasm of the students but also the dedication of the mentors and organization administrators who volunteer their time to help young students learn about open source development and their communities. Thank you to all of you for the many busy nights, weekends and holidays you dedicated to helping this year’s students. This contest would not be possible without all of your passion and enthusiasm for your projects and your desire to excite young minds about open source software development.

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 could increase in the next few days.

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs