Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Google Code In Opportunities

Hello everyone! As you may have heard, ubuntu has been accepted as a
mentoring organization for Google Code In (GCI). GCI is a opportunity
for high school students to learn about and participate in open source
communities. Mentoring organizations create tasks and review the
students work. Google then provides rewards for those students who do
the best work. The contest is very similar to GSOC, but is much shorter,
and isn't intended for intense mentoring. The contest runs from December
7, 2015 to January 25, 2016.

As part of being a mentoring organization, we are committed to creating
100+ tasks for students to work on during GCI. This involves finding
mentors who are willing to write up tasks, and agree to answer questions
and review the task when it's complete. A task is a simple item of work
that can be completed in 2-5 hours. As a mentor, it's not intended for
you to train or teach any skills; the students should have those skills
before attempting the task. You can find a full list of details about
mentoring and what it entails here[1], as well as on the community
portal that describes our role and goals for the contest[2]. You can
create a be a mentor for as little as a single task, and we appreciate
all the tasks and mentors we get. .

In short, this is an excellent opportunity to reach high school students
and inform them about ubuntu and the opportunities they have within
ubuntu and open source. I hope you consider taking part. If you have any
questions or would like to volunteer, don't hesitate to get in touch
with myself, Alan Pope, or José Antonio Rey who are acting as mentors
for the organization. Look for some new faces in ubuntu soon!

Thanks for your consideration,

Nicholas

1. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GoogleCodeIn
2. http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/google-code-in/

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