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.
You can sign up here.