I am really sorry for not posting lately. You see, I am really busy with my studies in the highschool, so this has kept me away from poting in my blog. Although Google Code-In 2010 is over since a few months, I would still like to make a small post about what I did there and why I enjoyed it so much.
Google Code-In was an open source contest for young students, ranging from 13 to 18 years old. A lot of open source projects had participated in the contest and there were a lot of tasks the students could choose to complete. I personally worked with the following projects and successfully completed tasks for them:
- Gnome: Completed 4 tasks in total. All of them had to do with translations into the Greek Language.
- KDE: Completed another 4 tasks. Most of them had to do with promotions. I have to note that I worked together with a mentor and managed to make a few points/suggestions on how to promote free software to students. I tried that in a local student conference here in Greece and the results were remarkable.
- Tux4kids: Completed 3 tasks. Two of them were fully translating two games (TuxType and TuxMath) into Greek and the other one was editing a few songs which were going to be included in a game.
- Haiku: Completed another 3 tasks. One of them was translating some apps into Greek, the other was making a presentation template for a lightning talk and the last one was testing Haiku’s Browser in various websites.
- MoinMoin Wiki: Completed 3 tasks. All of them were translating the wiki into the Greek Language.
- Sahana Eden: I started efforts of helping users with RPM-based Distros to install Eden (by providing an RPM). Unfortunately it was left incompleted because of my frequent exams and an ilness for a period after the contest. However, It’s going to be done after my current summer exams, which will end in June.
Generally I completed 18 tasks in total, earning 31 points and being the 30th Student in the ranking page, out of the 361 students in total. I would certainly have completed more tasks If I had the time, but that doesn’t mean I can’t contribute to these projects in my free time. So, I am still going to contribute as much as I can when I have time, and I will keep contact with these people that helped me and guided to complete these tasks.
In March, I also received some presents from Google for my participation, but I am sure the experience I gained through all these is higher and more valuable. That’s why I am hoping that Google will organise again such a contest for young students… and I really can’t wait for that! During the contest, it was great to just check your mailbox to find out that your task was accepted.
Greetings! And See you next year I hope… 😉