Announcing the Google Code-in 2016 mentor organizations

Monday, November 7, 2016

We’re excited to introduce the 17 open source organizations that are participating as mentor organizations for Google Code-in 2016. The contest, now in its seventh year, gives 13-17 year old pre-university students the opportunity to learn under the guidance of mentors by using their skills on real world applications, that is, open source projects.

Google Code-in officially starts for students on November 28, but students are encouraged to learn about the mentor organizations ahead of time and can get started by clicking on the links below.

  • Apertium - rule-based machine translation platform
  • BRL-CAD - computer graphics, 2D and 3D geometry modeling, and computer-aided design (CAD)
  • CCExtractor - open source tools for subtitle generation
  • Copyleft Games - building game development platforms for tomorrow
  • Drupal - content management platform
  • FOSSASIA - developing communities across all ages and borders to form a better future with Open Technologies and ICT
  • Haiku - operating system specifically targeting personal computing
  • KDE - team that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing
  • MetaBrainz - builds community maintained databases
  • Mifos Initiative - transforming the delivery of financial services to the poor and the unbanked
  • MovingBlocks - like an open source Minecraft
  • OpenMRS - open source medical records system for the world
  • SCoRe - research lab that seeks sustainable solutions for problems faced by developing countries
  • Sugar Labs - learning platform and activities for elementary education
  • Systers - community for women involved in the technical aspects of computing
  • Wikimedia - non-profit foundation dedicated to bringing free content to the world, operating Wikipedia
  • Zulip - powerful, threaded open source group chat with apps for every major platform
Mentor organizations are currently creating thousands of tasks for students covering code, documentation, user interface, quality assurance, outreach, research and training. The contest officially starts for students on Monday, November 28th at 9:00am PST.

You can learn more about Google Code-in on the contest site where you’ll find Contest Rules, Frequently Asked Questions and Important Dates. There you’ll also find flyers and other helpful information including the Getting Started Guide. Our discussion mailing list is a great way to talk with other students, mentors and organization administrators about the contest. For questions about eligibility or other general questions, you can contact us at

By Josh Simmons, Open Source Programs Office