Google Seeks Student Coders for Code-In, Summer of Code Events

Launching Nov. 18, the Google Code-in 2013 contest will have teen students working with open-source projects. The Summer of Code 2014 is for college students.

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Google is looking for great young software developers to participate in its upcoming Google Code-in 2013 and Google Summer of Code 2014 events.

The latest editions of the Google Code-in, which is for 13- to 17-year-old students, and the Summer of Code 2014, which is for college students, were announced by Carol Smith and Stephanie Taylor of Google's open-source programs, in an Oct. 8 post on the Google Developers Blog.

"At Google we are passionate about introducing students from around the world to open source software development," wrote Smith and Taylor. "Since 2005, Google has worked with over 10,000 students and over 440 open source projects in a variety of fields to create more code for the masses."

Now new groups of student developers are being sought for the next editions of the two events, starting with the Google Code-in sign-ups on Nov. 18.

"For the fourth consecutive year we are thrilled to announce Google Code-in, an international contest designed to introduce 13-17 year old pre-university students to the world of open source development," they wrote. "Open source projects are about more than just coding, and this contest highlights a variety of ways to contribute to open source projects. Every year, open source software is becoming more important around the globe; from government, healthcare, relief efforts, gaming, to large tech companies and everything in between."

The Code-in runs for seven weeks, during which competing students will work with 10 selected open-source projects on a variety of tasks, according to Google. "These projects have all successfully served as mentoring organizations in previous Google Code-in contests or have worked with university students in our sister program, Google Summer of Code," wrote Smith and Taylor. The 10 tasks include coding, documentation and training, quality assurance, user interfaces and more.

More than 1,200 students from 71 countries have competed in the last three years, according to Google. "In April, we flew the 20 Google Code-in 2012 Grand Prize winners and a parent to Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters for a 5 day/4 night trip where they enjoyed talking with Google engineers, an awards ceremony, a Google campus tour, and a full day of fun in San Francisco," wrote Smith and Taylor.

Details on how to sign up to compete are available at the Google Code-in 2013 Website. On Nov. 1, Google will announce the 10 open-source organizations that will be participating in this year's competition.