After a “close call,” a coding champion

Cross-posted on The Keyword

Eighteen-year-old Cameroon resident Nji Collins had just put the finishing touches on his final submission for the Google Code-In competition when his entire town lost internet access. It stayed dark for two months.

“That was a really, really close call,” Nji, who prefers to be called Collins, tells the Keyword, adding that he traveled to a neighboring town every day to check his email and the status of the contest. “It was stressful.”

Google’s annual Code-In contest, an effort to introduce teenagers to the world of open source, invites high school students from around the world to compete. It’s part of our mission to encourage and inspire the next generation of computer scientists, and in turn, the contest allows these young people to play a role in building real technologies.

Over the course of the competition, participants complete open-source coding and design “tasks” administered by an array of tech companies like Wikimedia and OpenMRS. Tasks range from editing webpages to updating databases to making videos; one of Collins’ favorites, for example, was making the OpenMRS home page sensitive to keystrokes. This year, more than 1,300 entrants from 62 countries completed nearly 6,400 assignments.

While Google sponsors and runs the contest, the participating tech organizations, who work most closely with the students, choose the winners. Those who finish the most tasks are named finalists, and the companies each select two winners from that group. Those winners are then flown to San Francisco, CA for an action-packed week involving talks at the Googleplex in Mountain View, office tours, segway journeys through the city, and a sunset cruise on the SF Bay.

Collins with some of the other winners from Google Code-in 2016

“It’s really fun to watch these kids come together and thrive,” says Stephanie Taylor, Code-In’s program manager. “Bringing together students from, say, Thailand and Poland because they have something in common: a shared love of computer science. Lifelong friendships are formed on these trips.”

Indeed, many Code-In winners say the community is their main motivator for joining the competition. “The people are what brought me here and keep me here,” says Sushain Cherivirala, a Carnegie Mellon computer science major and former Code-In winner who now serves as a program mentor. Mentors work with Code-In participants throughout the course of the competition to help them complete tasks and interface with the tech companies.

Google Code-in winners on the Google campus

Code-In also acts as an accessible introduction to computer science and the open source world. Mira Yang, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, learned how to code for the first time this year. She says she never would have even considered studying computer science further before she dabbled in a few Code-In tasks. Now, she plans to major in it.

Google Code-in winners Nji Collins and Mira Yang

“Code-In changed my view on computer sciences,” she says. “I was able to learn that I can do this. There’s definitely a stigma for girls in CS. But I found out that people will support you, and there’s a huge network out there.”

That network extended to Cameroon, where Collins’ patience and persistence paid off as he waited out his town’s internet blackout. One afternoon, while checking his email a few towns away, he discovered he’d been named a Code-In winner. He had been a finalist the year prior, when he was the only student from his school to compete. This year, he’d convinced a handful of classmates to join in.

“It wasn’t fun doing it alone; I like competition,” Collins, who learned how to code by doing his older sister’s computer science homework assignments alongside her, says. “It pushes me to work harder.”


Learn more about the annual Code-In competition
.

By Carly Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief, Google Internal News

Source: After a “close call,” a coding champion

除非特别声明,此文章内容采用 知识共享署名 3.0
许可,代码示例采用 Apache 2.0
许可。更多细节请查看我们的 服务条款

您可能感兴趣的

谷歌大神Jeff Dean亲口讲述团队工作: 我们是如何用一项技术打造出数十种产品的... 整理 | 宇多田 大概我们仰望 Jeff Dean 等 Google 技术大神的心情,就像邓布利多之于麻瓜一样。 在 Google Brain(谷歌大脑)团队极少面向公众进行宣传的前提下,Google每年在东京举行的 APAC 技术活动,成为这群顶级工程师们为数不多向我们敞开实验室大门的方式...
Anna — 伯克利实验室开源的超高性能键值存储数据库... Anna 是伯克利 RISE 实验室推出的键值存储数据库,也是一个具备惊人的存取速度、超强的伸缩性和优秀的一致性的 KVS。 Anna 的性能和伸缩性主要归功于它的完全无协调机制,节点工作进程有 90% 的工作负载是在处理请求,而其他大部分系统(如 Masstree 和英特尔的 TBB)只有不到...
Google buys HTC assets in $1.1bn return to mobile ... G oogle has bought part of HTC's mobile phone division for $1.1bn (£820m), a return to hardware ownership for the company. The de...
Sonatype报告称对开源组件的主动管理能够带来可衡量的改进... Sonatype 在七月份发布了第三份年度 软件供应链状态 报告。报告指出,当组织主动管理软件应用中开源组件的质量时,能够提升开发人员28%的生产力(通过减少人工治理的方式),减少30%的总体开发成本以及提升48%的应用质量(应用程序漏洞被尽早移除,从而减少了在产品中的发生率)。分析...
Android 8.0 Oreo, thoroughly reviewed Notifications—Android's best feature gets better The notification panel is light grey now, and shows several status bar icons ...
谷歌开发者社区责编内容来自:谷歌开发者社区 (源链) | 更多关于

阅读提示:酷辣虫无法对本内容的真实性提供任何保证,请自行验证并承担相关的风险与后果!
本站遵循[CC BY-NC-SA 4.0]。如您有版权、意见投诉等问题,请通过eMail联系我们处理。
酷辣虫 » After a “close call,” a coding champion



专业 x 专注 x 聚合 x 分享 CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

使用声明 | 英豪名录