Since 2010: 2,200+ teenage students. 87 countries. 12,495 open source tasks completed.

This year’s contest: December 7, 2015 through January 25, 2016. More info...


Pre-university students ages 13 to 17 are invited to take part in Google Code-in, our contest introducing young minds to the world of open source. With a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills you have. Mentors from our participating organizations are available to lend a helping hand as you learn what it’s like to work on an open source project.

Tasks fall under 5 categories:
  • Coding
  • Documentation & Training
  • Outreach & Research
  • Quality Assurance
  • User Interface
Students can win prizes:
  • Digital certificates
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Grand Prizes: a 4-day trip to California and visit to Google HQ

Open Source Developers

Working with such young students is a special responsibility, and we hear inspiring stories each year from the mentors who take part. To ensure a great support system for these impressionable new contributors, we select organizations that have gained experience in mentoring students by previously taking part in Google Summer of Code.

The application window for organizations will be open November 3 - 11, 2015. Selected organizations will be announced on November 13, 2015.