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Google launches contest to encourage kids to code


The Google Open Source Program is announcing a new computer programming outreach effort, aimed at 13- to 18-year-old students around the world, ReadWriteWeb reports. Google Code-in will operate in a similar fashion to Google’s Summer of Code, an internship program for college students—giving middle and high school students the opportunity to work in open-source projects. Google Code-in will match students to mentoring organizations and will give them a chance to do real-world development on open-source projects. Tasks for participating students can include writing code, creating documentation, training others, testing code, and more. For each task successfully completed, students will receive $100, up to a maximum of $500. What’s more, all the students participating in the program will compete for a grand prize—an all-expenses-paid trip for the student and a family member to visit the Google campus. Applications for the contest will open Nov. 22…

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