Google Code-in 2016: another record breaking year

Today we celebrate the closing of the 7th annual Google Code-in (GCI) which, like last year, was bigger and better than ever. Mentors from each of the 17 organizations are busy reviewing the last of the work submitted by student participants.

Each organization will pick two Grand Prize Winners who will receive a trip to Google’s Northern California headquarters this summer where they will meet Google engineers, see exciting demos and presentations and enjoy a day of adventure in San Francisco. You can learn about the experiences of the 2015 Grand Prize Winners in our short series of wrap-up blog posts. We’ll announce the new Grand Prize Winners and the Finalists here on January 30.

We would like to congratulate all of the new and returning students who participated this year. We’re thrilled with the turnout: over the last seven weeks, 1,374* students from 62 countries completed 6,397* tasks in the contest.

And a HUGE thanks to the people who are the heart of our program: the mentors and organization administrators. These volunteers spend countless hours creating and reviewing hundreds of tasks. They teach the young students who participate in GCI about the many facets of open source development, from community standards and communicating across time zones to version control and testing. We couldn’t run this program without you!

By Josh Simmons, Open Source Programs Office

* These numbers will increase over the coming days as mentors review the final work submitted by students.