Google Code-in 2017: more is merrier!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Google Code-in Logo
Google Code-in (GCI), our contest introducing 13-17 year olds to open source software development, wrapped up last month with jaw-dropping numbers: 3,555 students from 78 countries completed an impressive 16,468 tasks! That’s 265% more students than last year - the previous high during the 7 year contest!

These students spent 7 weeks working online with 25 open source organizations, writing code, writing and editing documentation, designing UI elements and logos, conducting research, developing videos teaching others about open source software, as well as finding (and fixing!) hundreds of bugs.

General Statistics

  • 65.9% of students completed three or more tasks (earning a Google Code-in 2017 t-shirt)
  • 17% of students were girls
  • 27% of the participants from the USA were girls
  • 91% of the students were first time participants

Student Age

Participating Schools

Students from 2,060 schools competed in this year’s contest. Many students learn about GCI from their friends or teachers and continue to spread the word to their classmates. This year the 5 schools with the most students completing tasks in the contest were:

School Name Number of Student Participants Country
Dunman High School 140 Singapore
Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School 43 India
Indus E.M High School 27 India
Jayshree Periwal International School 25 India
Union County Magnet High School 18 United States


We are pleased to have 7 new countries participating in GCI this year: Bolivia, Botswana, Guinea, Guyana, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, and Morocco! The chart below displays the ten countries with the most students completing at least 1 task.

In June we will welcome all 50 grand prize winners to the San Francisco Bay Area for a fun-filled trip. The trip includes the opportunity for students to meet with one of the mentors they worked with during the contest. Students will also take part in an awards ceremony, meet with Google engineers to hear about new and exciting projects, tours of the Google campuses and a fun day exploring San Francisco. 

Keep an eye on the Google Open Source Blog in the coming weeks for posts from mentoring organizations describing their experience and the work done by students.

We are thrilled that Google Code-in was so popular this year. We hope to continue to grow and expand this contest in the future to introduce even more teenagers to the world of open source software development. 

Thank you again to the heroes of this program: the 704 mentors from 62 countries that guided students through the program and welcomed them into their open source communities.

By Stephanie Taylor, Google Code-in Team