[OSGeo-Discuss] Announcing OSGeo’s 2019 Google Code-in winners

Cameron Green cameron.green at tuks.co.za
Tue Feb 18 10:14:14 PST 2020

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 16 community members that contributed 110 tasks
from 11 projects (e.g. istSOS, GRASS GIS, GeoServer, pgRouting, PostGIS,
GeoNode and OpenLayers) and also OSGeo, FOSS4G and GeoForAll.

The 2019 Google Code-in (GCI) took place 2 December 2019 - 21 January 2020
and OSGeo had 401 students that completed a task with us. These 401
students completed 976 tasks [2] which is the most amount of completed
tasks to date for OSGeo! This is an improvement from last year and this can
be contributed to the change in dates of the competition going back to the
original dates. 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 2019 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):

OSGeo’s Google Code-in Winners:
• Navya Garg
• Pranay

OSGeo’s Google Code-in Runners Up:
• Dhanus SL
• Lucifer

OSGeo’s Google Code-in finalists (who receive Google hoodies) are:
• TanvirSingh
• anishagnihotri

See here: https://codein.withgoogle.com/winners/#winners 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 2019

[1] https://codein.withgoogle.com
[2] https://codein.withgoogle.com/tasks/?sp-search=OSGeo
[3] https://codein.withgoogle.com/winners/#winners

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