17 November, 2014

[Open Source] Call for participation : Google Code In 2014

BRL-CAD is one of the 12 organizations, who is selected as a mentoring organization for Google Code In 2014. I will be mentoring as a part of this open source organization, second year in a row. 

The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The contest runs from December 1, 2014 to January 19, 2015. For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development.

Pre-university kids from 13-17 years, who are already contributing to open source or want to know what open source is and getting first hand experience in contributing to open source are WELCOMED and highly ENCOURAGED to participated. :) Don't be afraid, if you think it would be all coding and geeks stuffs ! I assure, we have tasks which you can contribute (except coding too) :') For details on types of tasks, read below.

These tasks include:
  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  3. Outreach/Research Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  5. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction.

    Students earn one point for each task completed. Students will receive a certificate for completing one task and can earn a t-shirt when they complete three tasks. At the end of the contest each of the open source organizations will name two (2) grand prize winners for their organization based upon the students’ body of work. The grand prize winners will receive a trip to Google’s Mountain View, California, USA Headquarters for themselves and a parent or legal guardian for an award ceremony, an opportunity to meet with Google engineers, explore the Google campus and have a fun day in the San Francisco, California sun.

    For more details on contributing to BRL-CAD, you can visit here and here. [ PS: Both the information pages are created by me. ;) I am so excited to be a mentor ! :) ]
You can always hangout on irc (#brlcad channel on freenode server) or send a mail to our mailing list at brlcad-devel@lists.sourceforge.net regarding any doubts or just say a hello. !

Wish you all the best ! :)

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