Google this afternoon, in a blog post on its Open Source Blog, announced the details for two of its upcoming coding challenges. Google Code-In 2014 and Summer of Code 2015 are two ways in which Google hopes to encourage students to design and participate in open source projects, while also attempting to win contests and learn from their peers.
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Code-In 2014 is set to kick off in December and is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 17. Code-In will focus on a variety of tasks aimed at improving teenage coder participation in large open-source projects, including user interface design, quality assurance testing, training other coders, and researching issues. Code-In will take place from early December to mid January. Google touts that its had 1,575 students take part in the conference over the past four years and that it hopes to cross 2,000 this year.
Finally, Google’s 2015 Summer of Code is also dedicated to introducing students from universities everywhere to open source software development. The program allows students to write code for a variety of open source projects, all mentored by various leaders. For the Summer of Code, Google says its had over 8,300 mentors and 8,500 student developers in 101 countries participate over the last 10 years. Together, its coders have produced 55 million lines of code.