Google Code-In 2013 - Announcement and Application

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Are you interested in contributing to Drupal, but don't have the coding skills or experience necessary? Good news, now you have an awesome opportunity to contribute! Drupal is currently in the application process to be a part of the Google Code-In ( ) contest for pre-university students ages 13-17. Our current need is building a list of quality tasks for students to work on during the contest. Please realize these don't have to be code related tasks, but should fit into one of the following five categories: Code, Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, User Interface.

The application process started Wednesday October 9th and ends this Friday October 18th. Our goal is to submit an application with at least 25 quality tasks. Please contribue by adding task ideas directly in the wiki ( ) until midnight UTC-6 Thursday October 17th. After that, we need to see if Drupal is approved for the contest. If approved, we will need help creating, documenting, and mentoring an additional 100-200 tasks. The more tasks we setup the more opportunities we have to contribue to Drupal.

Did you know that organizations accepted into the GCI contest send the top two students on an all expense paid 5 day trip to Google in Mountain View with a parent/guardian ( )? I know that I would be very excited as a young computer nerd to even have a chance to participate in such a program. As a community, we have a very good chance to make connections with young students who could end up spending a good amount of time focusing on Drupal after completing the contest. A good way to find quality contributors might be Drupal sending a few young people to California/GoogleHQ...

GCI Summary:
"Code-In can be thought of as the "Summer of Code" for pre-university students. Rather than specific coding projects, students age 13-17 take on smaller tasks in five categories: Code, Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, User Interface."

Details @links that explain everything about the contest:


  • Wed Oct 09 - Application Period Starts
  • Mon Oct 28 - Application Period Ends
  • Fri Nov 01 - Accepted Organizations Announced
  • Mon Nov 18 - Contest Begins
  • Mon Jan 06 - Contest ends
  • Wed Jan 08 - Deadline for mentor orgs to submit evaluations

How can I help?:

  • Create Tasks
  • Review Tasks
    • Need at least 25 tasks for application, but will require 100-200 tasks if accepted.
      • Help is needed to review and verify tasks are properly documented.
      • Tasks will be in the issue queue ready for review/feedback.
  • Mentor Tasks
    • Feel free to take ownership of tasks by becoming the primary contact.
      • Be apart of the entire process of creating, reviewing, mentoring, commenting, and approving completed tasks.
        • You might end up mentoring the next webchick!
    • Mentoring is not required for creating tasks, simply leave the mentor field blank.
  • IRC  #drupal-gci
    • Hangoout and provide support to potential students/mentors
  • Do you or anyone you know work at an educational facility with 13-17 year olds? If so, spread the word of GCI!


Feel free to contact me or create nodes in the g.d.o group for additional information.

aka Slurpee



gci task needed! application due Monday!

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Hello Drupal Community,

Just a quick reminder that for those organizations interested in participating in Google Code-in 2013 the deadline to apply is in 4 days - Monday, October 28th at 19:00 UTC.

Add to our task list @

The most important part of your application is the tasks list, be sure to have at least 4 tasks in each of the 5 categories on your app. The Task list gives you an opportunity to think about how your org would break up tasks into bite size chunks for students to work on (sometimes this can be a bit tricky). This is also a great way for orgs to see how easy/difficult it will be for them to come up with tasks for the contest. Orgs should expect to have between 150-300 tasks completed by students throughout the 7 week program. The orgs that are chosen to participate will need to be prepared to have at least 75 tasks on their page when the contest opens for students on Nov 18th.

If you have any questions please contact this list or you can contact me directly on d.o or Thanks.

Google will announce the GCI 2013 Mentoring orgs on Friday, November 1st.




Mentors needed too

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In addition, we're looking for additional mentors for the program. Please comment here or contact me direct prior to Monday if interested.

Congrats, we made it.

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Congratulations. Drupal was accepted into Google's Code-in 2013 contest. Now the fun part...all of the students, tasking, and mentoring. Ping us here if you're still interested in participating. More info soon.

I was there!

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Thanks google :D
We've been creating a website - using a Drupal at the beggining but later we choose something else.