|Google Code-In Grows|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 22 March 2019|
The results for Google Code-in (GCI) are in, with the judges reporting big increases in entrants from Austria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Taiwan. Code-in is Google's competition for 13-17 year olds for writing open source software, used by some as a stepping stone to Google Summer of Code.
The contest closed in December having seen 3,124 students from 77 countries completing 15,323 tasks. In the competition, the students spent 7 weeks working online with 27 open source organizations.
What makes GCI different to most competitions is that the students get to choose what they want to work on from over 2,500 tasks created by open source organizations, and they also have mentors available to help answer their questions as they work on each of their tasks.
To take part in GCI, students search for a task that interests them and claim it. They have at least three days to complete it, with guidance from mentors, if needed. Once students submit the work for review, mentors from the organization evaluate the work and provide feedback.
If the task has been successfully completed, it is accepted and the student can select another one. If it needs more work, specific feedback will be provided - or a student can abandon the task and it goes back into the pool of those available.
Tasks range from writing code, writing and editing documentation, designing UI elements and logos, conducting research, to developing videos teaching others about open source software.
This year over 2000 students managed to complete at least three tasks. The number of girls entering the competition was up again; 17 percent of the students worldwide were girls, and 23 percent of the US entrants.
In June all 54 grand prize winners will be taken by Google 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 enjoy a fun day exploring San Francisco.
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