Calling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-in

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Yesterday marked the start of the 7th year of Google Code-in (GCI), our pre-university contest introducing students to open source development. GCI takes place entirely online and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 around the globe.

Open source software makes up the backbone of the internet, from servers and routers to the phone in your pocket, but it’s a community-driven effort. Google Code-in serves a dual purpose of encouraging young developers and ensuring that open source communities continue to grow.

The concept is simple: students complete bite-sized tasks created by 17 participating open source organizations on topic areas of their choice, including:

  • Coding

  • Documentation/Training

  • Outreach/Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • User Interface

Tasks take an average of 3-5 hours to complete and include the guidance of a mentor to help along the way. Complete one task? Get a digital certificate. Three tasks? Get a Google t-shirt. Mentor organizations pick finalists and grand prize winners from among the 10 students who contributed most to that organization. Finalists get a hoodie and Grand Prize winners get a trip to Google headquarters in California where they meet Googlers, mentors and fellow winners.  

Google Code-in began with 361 students from 45 countries and has grown to include, in 2015, 980 students from 65 countries. You can read about the experiences of past participants on the Google Open Source blog. Over the last 6 years, more than 3,000 students from 99 countries have successfully completed tasks in GCI.

Student Ahmed Sabie had this to say, “Overall, Google Code-in was the experience of a lifetime. It set me up for the future by teaching me relevant and critical skills necessary in software development.”

Know of a student who might be interested? Learn more about GCI by checking out our rules and FAQs. And please visit our contest site and read the Getting Started Guide. Teachers, you can find additional resources here to help get your students started.

November 29th 2018 Uncategorized

500 Startups shuts down its Canada fund

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August 1st 2017 Uncategorized

Snap down just 1% after first wave of lockup expirations

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August 1st 2017 Uncategorized

Crunch Report | Reddit Now Valued at $1.8 Billion

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All You Need to Explain the Trump Administration Departures Is This New Yorker Cartoon

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August 1st 2017 Uncategorized

New border wall bill draws on Palmer Luckey’s new defense company

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August 1st 2017 Uncategorized

A look back in IPO: Google, the profit machine

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 We’re taking a look at the IPOs of tech’s biggest players. Next up is Google, which went public in 2004. At the time, the firm frankly told investors that it was “not a conventional company,” and it did “not intend to become one.” For Google, the unconventional attitude worked. But before its IPO more than 10 years ago, the company’s future was… Read More

August 1st 2017 Google

Facebook buys Ozlo to boost its conversational AI efforts

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 Facebook has gone ahead and purchased Charles Jolley’s conversational AI startup Ozlo. Jolley, formerly Head of Platform for Android at Facebook, will not be returning to the company. The Ozlo team is expected to join Facebook to work on natural language processing challenges. Read More

August 1st 2017 Android, Facebook

NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

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 NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. Nineteen projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million. Read More

August 1st 2017 Uncategorized

NPR Shares Tips on How to Make an Audio Story People Want to Keep Listening To

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The public face of the NPR One app opens listeners up to a world of news and stories from NPR and local radio stations. Behind the scenes, all those local stories amount to a lot of data points that NPR has been using over the past two years to statistically parse the relationship between listener…

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