This year, I participated in Google Code-in, an annual contest for 13 to 17 year-olds centred around developing open source projects. The organisation that I chose to work with was CircuitVerse, which was definitely the best organisation for me because of its fantastic community.
Disclaimer - I have been requested to write this blog post by CircuitVerse, however they have had no influence on the content of this article
Additional Links (Updated)
- Google Code-in Winner Blog
- Hull Collegiate School's article
- Another CircuitVerse participant's experience
What is Google Code-in?
The downside, however, was the fact that the majority of the active mentors were based in India. The difference in time zone and the fact that many of them were also full time students meant that some queries and tasks took a while to be responded to, and there were not always that many tasks available to choose from. However, all the mentors did the best they could – some even stayed up until after midnight on the final days so they could review any new task responses that came through!
All in all, I think that Google Code-in was a hugely beneficial program for me, and CircuitVerse was the best organisation I could have chose. Thanks to everyone involved, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone else interested in taking part next year.
Edit - Grand Prize Winner!
I was chosen by CircuitVerse as one of the two Grand Prize Winners who will travel to the Google HQ in California later this year! Thanks again to them - I'm really looking forward to it!