Google Code-In is the pre-college program for 13 to 17 year old students to earn prizes for completing tasks in various open source projects.,
This year will be the first year that the Fedora Project participates. We’re looking to build on many years success with Google Summer of Code, but the stakes here are higher. Unlike college students, who learn real life lessons the hard way, pedagogically you can’t allow high school students to truly fail. But failure is built in to the open source ethos. A fine line must be trod.
If you are a 13 to 17 year old or know one who is interested in code, design, documentation, just about aspect of an open source project, have them check out what Fedora has as tasks. They should also look at the wider program. Students can do work across multiple projects, or dig in deeply to a single project. Ideally, tasks are designed to be done within a few hours or days.
If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact Buddhike Kurera, who was last year’s GSoC admin. IMO, he has been doing a fabulous job driving the Fedora Summer Coding group. Joining the Google Code-In is the next step in his vision of how Fedora can work with students in these sort of contest/internship-style programs. I’m excited and curious to see how it all goes.
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