Google Names Student Code-In 2013 Winners
The 20 winning students, ages 13 to 17, worked with open-source groups to create code and learn about the world of open-source software.Twenty grand prize winners from around the world have been named in Google's Code-in 2013 open-source coding contest for 13- to 17-year-old pre-university students, as the fourth annual contest was completed. The Code-in ran for seven weeks, during which competing students worked with 10 selected open-source projects on a variety of tasks, including coding, documentation and training, quality assurance, user interfaces and more. The winners were selected from a pool of 337 teenagers from 46 nations who worked on the projects, wrote Stephanie Taylor of Google's open-source programs team, in a Jan. 20 post on the Google Developers Blog. The grand prize winners, listed below alphabetically by first name with their country and the organization that they worked with during Google Code-in 2013, are Akshaykumar Kalose, United States, Sahana Software Foundation; Anurag Sharma, India, Sahana Software Foundation; Benjamin Kaiser, Australia, KDE; Chirayu Desai, India, RTEMS; Dalimil Hájek, Czech Republic, Apertium; Daniel Ramirez, United States, RTEMS; Freeman Lou, United States, Haiku; Ignacio Rodríguez, Uruguay, Sugar Labs; Jacob Burroughs, United States, BRL-CAD; Jorge Alberto Gómez López, El Salvador, Sugar Labs; Mark Klein, United States, Drupal; Mateusz Maćkowski, Poland, Wikimedia; and Matt Habel, United States, Copyleft Games Group. Other winners are Mikhail Ivchenko, Russian Federation, KDE; Peter Amidon, United States, BRL-CAD; Puck Meerburg, Netherlands, Haiku; Samuel Kim, United States, Copyleft Games Group; Sushain Cherivirala, United States, Apertium; Theo Patt, United States, Wikimedia; and Vijay Nandwani, India, Drupal.
"Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year's contest!" wrote Taylor. "You should all be very proud of yourselves."
The 2013 Code-in was announced in October 2013 and launched in November. Also unveiled at the same time was the Summer of Code 2014 program, which is for college students. Applications for the Summer of Code 2014 program will open in March. The Summer of Code, which invites college students to learn about the world of open-source code development, began in 2005 and will celebrate its 10th year in 2014. So far, the program has involved some 8,500 college and university students from more than 100 countries who have created more than 50 million lines of code since the program's start. "A huge thanks to all of the students, mentors, organization administrators, teachers and parents who made Google Code-in 2013 awesome," wrote Taylor. To encourage young students to go into the field of computer science, Google recently began organizing after-school programs in which K-12 students can dive into technology and come out with useful skills and lucrative careers. Through a pilot program launched in July 2013 at Google's South Carolina data center, Google has been working with students to encourage their interest and show them some of the cool things they can do in the field of computer science. The computer science pilot program is especially aimed at gaining the interest of minorities and girls, who are typically underrepresented in the field of computer science.