Similar to Google Summer of Code, Google will host an event aimed at introducing even more younger people to the open source world.
Google announced the Google Highly Open Participation Contest at the Open Source Developers’ Conference in Brisbane, Australia, to help introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development.
Students can now visit http://code.google.com/opensource/ghop/2007-8/ to write code and documentation, prepare training materials, conduct user-experience research, and win prizes — t-shirts, cash, or, for ten grand-prize winners, a chance to visit the Googleplex in Mountain View, Ca.
For the past three years college students have participated in Google Summer of Code (http://code.google.com/soc/) with great results: hundreds of college students have been introduced to open source software, thousands of people across the globe have begun development together, and millions of lines of open code have been produced. As Google thought about what it could do to help encourage students before university and build a pipeline of future talent, it developed the Google Highly Open Participation Contest — the first contest from our open source team exclusively for secondary school and high school students.
Google will work with ten open source organizations — Apache Software Foundation, Drupal, GNOME, Joomla!, MoinMoin, Mono, Moodle, Plone, Python Software Foundation, and SilverStripe CMS — for this pilot effort, each of which will provide a list of tasks to be completed by the student participants. Tasks typically fall into the following categories: code, documentation, research, outreach, quality assurance, training, translation, and user interface, so there should be something for everyone.
The contest is open to students age 13 and older who have not yet begun university studies, and contestants will be able to claim tasks until 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time on January 22, 2008. The grand-prize winners will be announced on February 11.