Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to open source software development. Since 2010, 8,108 students from 107 countries have completed over 40,100 open source tasks Because Google Code-in is often the first experience many students have with open source, the contest is designed to make it easy for students to jump right in. I was one of the mentors in this first time for Fedora program. We had 125 students participating in Fedora and the top 3 students completed 26, 25 and 22 tasks each.
Very active and helpful group of mentors helped the students whenever required. We were 7 mentors
Every year Google invites Grand-Prize winner and their parents, and a mentor to it’s headquarters in San Francisco, California for a 4 days trip. This report covers activities and other things that happened there.
Day 00 (Reception)
- Meeting the mentees at the hotel (4:30)
- Opening reception at 5:00pm at the Google San Francisco office for all attendees.
- Welcome (snacks and appreciating everyone’s efforts)
- Swag giveaway
- Students got Pixel 3xl phones and a bag full with a jacket and 2 T-shirts.
- Mentors got the bag with a Jacket and 2 T-shirts as well
- A lot of GCI and GSoC stickers
Day 01 (Full Day at Google headquarters in Mountain View.)
- Take shuttle to the Google headquarters
- See around Googleplex
- Visit Google Merch store (students were provided $150 and mentors $75 to purchase merchandise of their choice)
- Students met Google Employees from their home country and had lunch with them
- Talks by Google employees
- Recruiting - Lauren Alpizar
- Android OS: Ally Sillins
- Cloud: Ryan Matsumoto
- Chrome OS - Grant Grundler
- Google Assistant - Daniel Myers
- Google TensorFlow - Paige Bailey
- Dinner and then back to the hotel
Day 10 (Fun Day in San Francisco)
Cable car around the city and see
- Twin Peaks, San Francisco
- Golden gate park
- Golden gate bridge (also, walked across it)
Dinner on a Yacht
Day 11 (Closing reception in Google SF office)
- Award ceremony (to grand prize winners)
- Presentation (by mentors and winners - 4 minutes each)
- Interview recording
- lunch and closing reception at Google San Francisco office. Events end no later than 3:00pm.