Google Code-In is back again this year, and I’m participating yet again. You can check it out at this link.
Here’s a brief of what GCI is…
Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in: Our global, online contest introducing teenagers to the world of open source development. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills they have.
Mentors from our participating organizations lend a helping hand as participants learn what it’s like to work on an open source project. Participants get to work on real software and win prizes from t-shirts to a trip to Google HQ!
How did I get to know?
Well pretty simple, one of my seniors in school was a global winner in the 2015 edition of Google Code In. He was the one to introduce me with this competition.
Which Organization am I working for?
I went with FOSSASIA, just like last year. You can find out more about FOSSASIA at their website:
FOSSASIA is an organization developing software applications for social change using a wide-range of technologies. It was established 2009. Projects range from Free and Open Source software, to design, graphics and hardware. We also organize and participate in conferences, meetups and code camps. The annual FOSSASIA OpenTechSummit is one of the largest gatherings of developers in Asia and took place in Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. Check them out on GitHub
Some of the most intriguing projects of FOSSASIA include SUSI.AI machine learning platform, LOKLAK social networking platform, and also the SUSPER search engine. The link to each are followed:
FOSSASIA’s mentors are extremely kind and helping. I had an awesome experience with them last year, and I am having an even better one this year!
I also am a public member of FOSSASIA as you can see on my GitHub profile
The mentors help you through with anything you get stuck with. In case you do feel it’s taking a lot of time for them to reply (they’ve a lot to do themselves) , you can drop your issues or queries in the chat room on Gitter. It is an online chat room service wherein you can discuss and find solutions. Another similar platform is Slack. It serves a similar purpose.
This isn’t my first exposure to Open-Source development however. Since I was a small child (9 years old roughly) I have played with Arduino. It is yet another fabulous Open-Source platform known worldwide in the Embedded Systems ecosystem specially. As a true believer in the Open-Source methodology, I am at disposal to improve it to the best my capabilities.
It is fun that last year I was the one from my grade to have even participated in the contest and this year, I see exponential growth. About 8 of my classmates are participating alongside. In face, they’re in the global top list of FOSSASIA as I speak! I’be got to buckle up now and catch on with them!
Eat. Sleep. Code. Repeat.
May the Code be with you!