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26 September 2012, 10:58

Google launches its third junior Code-in event

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Google Code-in logo Stephanie Taylor from Google's Open Source Programs Office has announced the launch of the company's third Code-in contest for pre-university students. The annual event is open to students aged 13 to 17 from around the world and is designed to introduce them to open source software development.

As part of the contest, students will complete small tasks – writing or refactoring code, or working on documentation, training, quality assurance, or user interface design and interaction – for various open source projects. Each of these tasks will be assigned a difficulty level rating and an associated number of points. This year's participating projects will be announced on 12 November.

The top 20 students with the most points accumulated throughout the contest will win a trip to Google's Mountain View, California campus for an award ceremony for themselves and a parent or legal guardian. All of the contestants who complete at least one task will receive a certificate; those who complete three tasks will be given a T-shirt.

Taylor says that so far 904 students from 65 countries have competed in the contest. More than 540 students from 56 counties participated in the 2011 Code-in event. In all, the 2011 students completed more than 3,000 tasks for open source projects such as GNOME, KDE, openSUSE, FreeBSD and Perl. Further information about the upcoming contest, which will officially begin on 26 November, can be found on the FAQ page and on the Google Code-in 2012 web site.

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