Google wants to mobilize pre-university students into its open source development projects. And Google is doing this through the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, whereby any students 13 years and older can participate by in any aspect of open source development at Google’s Summer of Code program.
Google’s Summer of Code program has introduced hundreds of college students to open source software for the past three years. Likewise, thousands of people worldwide have benefited from this program through collaborative development of open code. To date, millions of lines of code have been produced with 4 million produced for last year alone.
And so to find and entice more contributors into the Google Summer of Code program, the Google Highly Open Participation Contest was then launched.Participants in the said contest will be doing all types of open source development work. Whether fixing bugs, writing codes and documentation or doing user experience research.
Having said that the this was a contest, you might be wondering what’s the prize?
Our contestants have a chance to win t-shirts, cash prizes, and a visit the Googleplex for a day of technical talks, delicious food and a photo with our very own Stan T. Rex.
Not much at stake though, except for the bragging rights to have been part in the development of future Google applications perhaps.