Google's open source contest for youths

By   |  November 28, 2007

Building on the success of the its last three Summer of Code programmes, Google has announced the Google Highly Open Participation Contest geared for pre-university students.

The programme’s aim is to get younger people involved in all aspects of open source development, from fixing bugs to writing documentation and doing user experience research.

Open source projects in which participants will become invovled are Apache, [4]Drupal[/4], GNOME, [5]Joomla[/5]!, MoinMoin, [2]Mono[/2], Moodle, [3]Plone[/3], Python and SilverStripe.

The contest is open to all students who are 13 years older and are enrolled in a pre-university, such as high school or a secondary school. All contestants under the age of 18 will need to have their parent or guardian’s consent to participate where applicable.

At the end of the contest, contestants will receive a t-shirt and certificate for completing at least one task and $100 for every three tasks completed, up to a maximum of $500 per contestant.

There will be 10 grand prize winners who will receive a trip to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, for an award ceremony for themselves and one parent or guardian.

Entries were opened yesterday and participants can join up until January 22. The competition ends on February 4 and winners will be announced on February 11.

To find out more about the competition, view the contest rules and the FAQ.

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