The Google Code-in is a yearly contest which challenges students from the age of 14 to 17 to do various kinds of tasks for different open-source organisations. The tasks range from setting up an app to designing a logo for new software. Every task has a small description and a timeframe in which you'd have to complete it. You also get a mentor on each task to help you with potential problems.
Tasks are chosen from a list of available tasks, sorted per orginization.
You can than claim the task on the task page, which also gives you a small desciption of the task.
You are than able to chat with the mentors of your current task or submit the files you've worked on.
This has been the first time I participated in a Google Code-in. At first I didn’t really know what to think about it as I found out about it as a coincidence when the contest had already started and had never heard of it before. I think that’s unfortunate as I would have loved to participate when I was younger but just wasn’t able to find something like this.
Because of the short notice I also wasn’t really clear with the contest rules, for example the limited number of beginner tasks and prizes were a bit unclear to me at first but reading the contest rules helped me with that.
After figuring everything out I decided to try my best to make as many quality tasks as possible at one organisation so I would maybe make it as a finalist. I choose to go with SCoRe lab as their tasks seemed to fit me the most.
I think it was a great experience to do tasks for the organisations like this as you will get familiar with working for other people and companies which will be very useful in the future. I also learnt a lot from the mentors I had for the different tasks, for example about new technologies and application I had never heard of but will definitely consider using in the future. I want to thank Google and the mentors for offering me that experience and making it possible for everyone to win something.
Some examples of tasks I completed:
Logo for Kute app.
Logo for Web-RTC Conference.
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