Google Code-in 2013 Contest for Pre-University Students Worldwide

Deadline: January 6, 2014

The Google Code-In is a program for pre-university students, ages 13-17 years old to introduce them to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The Google Code-in 2013 contest is designed to encourage and inspire pre-university students to begin participating in open source development; help open source projects identify and bring in new contributors; and provide pre-university students interested in computer science and other fields with exposure to real-world software development, including coding work, documentation and open source community involvement.

How it works

Google will work with various open source organizations to develop a list of tasks that Participants can attempt to complete. Judges from each of the participating Open Source Organizations will choose winning entries in accordance with these Google Code-in Rules and prizes will be awarded to eligible winning Participants.

These tasks include:

  • Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  • Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  • Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions
  • Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  • User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Students earn one point for each task completed. Students will receive a certificate for completing one task and can earn a t-shirt when they complete three tasks. At the end of the contest each of the ten (10) open source organizations will name two (2) grand prize winners for their organization based upon the students’ body of work. The 20 grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google’s Mountain View, California, USA Headquarters for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for an award ceremony, an opportunity to meet with Google engineers, explore the Google campus and have a fun day in the San Francisco, California sun.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The Contest is open to individual students who are at least thirteen (13) years of age and no older than seventeen (17) years of age on November 18, 2013 who are currently enrolled in a pre-university, high school or secondary school program, and who have agreed to these Contest Rules (“Participants”).
  • You must demonstrate the consent of a parent or legal guardian as well as written proof of age and proof of enrollment in a pre-university, high school or secondary school program in order to be eligible to participate in the contest.
  • The Contest is not open to persons who are (1) residents of US embargoed countries (Cuba, Iran, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Sudan, or Syria), (2) ordinarily resident in such countries, or (3) otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions.
  • The Contest is also not open to residents of Brazil, Italy, Quebec and Saudi Arabia.
  • Employees, interns, contractors, and official office-holders (or immediate families thereof) of (1) Google or its affiliates, (2) participating Open Source Organizations or its affiliates, or (3) the Melange team administering the software for the Contest, are ineligible to participate in the Contest. “Immediate family” means parents, children, siblings, spouse or individual living in the same household.
  • You must have access to the Internet and either have or sign up for a Google Account in order to enter.

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