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Google Code-in 2012 Has Started!

The Google Code-in 2012 contest has started. It’s aimed at 13-17 year old students who are into – or want to get into – open source software development while earning prizes, like the chance to visit Google headquarters.

Upon signing up the student has to select tasks from 5 categories (coding, documentation/training, quality assurance, research/outreach and user interface) that are designed by 10 open source organizations that will provide mentors for the them.

They then can earn certificates, t-shirts and Grand Prize Winners will win a trip for themselves (and a parent or legal guardian) to Google’s Mountain View California campus in 2013.

Each of the 10 open source organizations will choose 2 of the 5 students that complete the most tasks with their organization as their Grand Prize Winners for a total of 20 Grand Prize Winners for Google Code-in 2012 – twice as many Grand Prize Winners as last year.

Last year, 542 students from 56 countries competed in the contest. The contest ends on January 14, 2013.

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