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Announcing OSGeo’s 2018 Google Code-in winners

Victoria Rautenbach
Announcing OSGeo’s 2018 Google Code-in winners

Google Code-in (GCI) is an annual online competition aimed at introducing pre-university students (13-17 years old) to open source projects, development and communities, through short 3-5 hour tasks [1]. As opposed to the Google Summer of Code program, in GCI students are not selected by the organizations, but freely pick up tasks from one or more mentoring organizations and complete them. Students qualify for different prizes (i.e. certificate, t-shirts, hoodies and the grand prize of visiting Google’s main headquarters in San Francisco) depending on the number of tasks they complete. During GCI, OSGeo project members have a unique opportunity to interact with pre-university students and to encourage them to become part of their respective projects.

The OSGeo team consisted of 18 community members that contributed 132 tasks from 10 projects (e.g. istSOS, GRASS GIS, GeoServer, MapServer, pgRouting, PostGIS, and Leaflet) and also OSGeo and FOSS4G.

The 2018 Google Code-in (GCI) took place 23 October - 12 December 2018 and OSGeo had 218 students that completed a task with us. These 218 students completed 471 tasks [2]. This is slightly down from last year, but this can be contributed to the change in dates of the competition. The completed tasks range from designing badges for the OSGeo website, to tests for GRASS GIS, or bug fixes for PostGIS. These tasks might seem simplistic in some cases, but the combined results are of great value to OSGeo.

OSGeo is pleased to announce the 2018 Google Code-in Grand Prize winners, who each receive a free trip to Google headquarters in California, along with a parent/guardian, are students (note that these are the student’s account names, due to privacy concerns):
  • Mattoopackoo
  • ShubhamSharama
OSGeo’s Google Code-in finalists (who receive Google hoodies) are:
  • Armaan
  • Flash
  • Shivam Rai
  • SunveerSingh

See here: the winners from all organisations [3].

Congratulations to the winners and finalists! But also a special congratulations to all students that received a certificate and/or t-shirt. We greatly appreciate your contribution to OSGeo!

Lastly, thank you to the OSGeo mentors for the time they spent on the tasks and mentoring the students. Without your commitment this would not have been possible.

Thank you to everyone involved, mentors and students.

OSGeo GCI admins 2018


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