Nov 04 2015
Nov 04
tadityar's picture

Hello there!

I believe you are applying as a student? The application for GCI 2015 is not open for students yet, it's still in organizational application phase (you can see the full timeline here). Thanks for your interest in Drupal though! In the meanwhile you can see past years tasks :)

Noemi libri's picture

Hello, I write little English, I did not understand everything.
This article begins:
"Are you interested in contributing to Drupal, but do not have the coding skills or experience necessary? Good news, now you have an awesome opportunity to contribute!"

But then it says that it is only for students 13 to 17 years? It is only for students? There is a way to participate even if you are older than age? I am 22 years old.

Slurpee's picture

Hello Neomi. The contest is for students ages 13-17, but we need experienced mentors able to help the students. Join us in #drupal-google on IRC when you have some time or contact me directly if interested.

Slurpee's picture

Any mentors interested participating? Please add your name to our list @ - we're hoping to add a few more mentors to our list to finalize our application tomorrow. Tell your friends :)

Slurpee's picture

Drupal has officially submitted our Google Code-In 2015 application. Accepted organizations will be notified Nov 13th 2015, 15:00 (EST). More info soon...

Slurpee's picture

Congratulations. Drupal was approved to participate in Google Code-in 2015. More info soon...

Slurpee's picture

Google Code-in 2015-16 started earlier today. Join us in #drupal-google if you can help with new students or contact me directly if you're interested in mentoring.

Oscar852's picture

Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make free and open source software (FOSS) development possible. Students must complete tasks, one at a time. 300-101 Exam It is sponsored and run by Google. The Wikimedia Foundation has participated since 2013.

Feb 12 2015
Feb 12
pukarthapa53's picture

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Nov 25 2014
Nov 25
AlexandreCH's picture

Thanks for all the information

pdjohnson's picture


Is it too late for me to promote this or would more people still be welcome? I can fire it out on Drupal Twitter if you think there is merit.


Slurpee's picture

Paul, thanks for reaching out. We would love support in social media. We have been asking around about this for a while and no one could point us in the proper direction...

Do you control all of the social media accounts? Twitter? FB? LinkedIn? Any others?

Susann Linwood's picture

sounds like a fantastic experience

paranozore's picture

is it going to work for a short or long time? anyway i like this project.

lenywella2014's picture

There are a lot of people who are so good in the field. - Marla Ahlgrimm

kalies's picture

yaa, thanks for your good information.

Nov 05 2014
Nov 05
varunity's picture

Thanks Slurpee,

I look forward to coming up with some simple tasks for pre-university students(ages 13-17) and doing some mentoring. See you on IRC.

Slurpee's picture

Several hours remain before our final version of application is due. I have already submitted our draft as a "practice submission" to catch anything odd in process. Please comment here if you notice anything missing or incorrect about our application content. In addition, please sign up to be a mentor to show our dedication in number of potential mentors @

I'll be on line until the deadline. Feel free to join us in #drupal-google on Freenode if you want to chat in real time.

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Drupal has officially been accepted into the Google Code-In 2014 contest. More information will be available soon with next steps...

andrei.dincu's picture

Congratulations to all!

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kieraseth's picture

Congratulations guys, and do well.

Niu.Qiang's picture

Have a happy time Young drupalers!

itsmeonly's picture

Congratulations guys ..

Nov 20 2013
Nov 20

Big news! The annual Google Code-In contest kicked off Monday, November 18th. The contest's purpose for pre-university students (ages 13 - 17) is learning how to contribute to open-source software projects and offers them a chance to win a once in a life time grand prize of an all expense paid trip to Google HQ in California. The bigger news...Drupal was chosen as one of the ten participating organizations to create tasks for the students to complete during the 2013 contest! This is a huge honor for Drupal and gives us an amazing opportunity to grow our community. Details @

Drupal Community, we're about 48 hours into the 2013 Code-In contest, students have already finished several tasks, and we need YOUR help. In this busy day and age, finding mentors can prove challenging and after months of "cat herding", we realized a simple solution for participation: "Just 1 Task". Even if you submit one task and mentor that task, everyone wins. We currently have 14 mentors in Google's system with tasks, but there is no limit on mentors or number of tasks we can accomplish. Ironically, after mentors add one task, they usually add a few more tasks. With Drupal 8 on the horizon, we have plenty of easy tasks that anyone at any age can accomplish, and it is the perfect opportunity to find new long time contributors. This is your chance to be a part of the global phenomenon that is open-source software! Join us in #drupal-gci or see information below on becoming a mentor.

After being selected to participate in the 2013 Code-In contest, our goal is to keep this momentum moving forward and plan to have a solid application with an elevated level of participation in Summer of Code 2014. Plus, Google has big plans in 2014 for Summer of Code's 10 year anniversary ( ).

Thank You!
A big thank you to our core team of mentors that organized tasks, worked on the application, and set up everything for student participation (Janez Urevc in Slovenia, Varun Baker in Jamaica, and Matthew Lechleider in USA). Plus, we can't forget all the current mentors who jumped at the chance to contribute (Aaron Dudehofer, Abdul Qadir, Andrew Shemo, Ben Carlson, Patrick Elward, Cody Carlson, Doug Vann, Jason Daniels, Kevin Reynen, Martin Martinov, Matt V).

How to Become a Mentor
*Login with Google account @
*Click "Register to be a Mentor"
*Connect with Drupal
*(wait for approval)
**Contact slurpee on d.o if issues

How to Add Tasks
*Login @
*Click "My Dashboard"
*Click "Create Tasks..."

How to be a Mentor
*Add at least one task @
*Notification of task will be sent to Drupal admins for approval
*Approval of task by admin publishes tasks publicly to students
*Request to be assigned task by student notifies mentor
*Mentor logs into Melange to click "Assign Task"
*Notification that task has started is sent to Student/Mentor/Admins
*Hangout in #drupal-irc on freenode to answer questions in real time if needed
*Comment task in Melange for feedback and help with student on task
*Review students work when completed
*Complete task to finish process

Questions? Contact Drupal's GCI 2013 Admin (Matthew Lechleider) @

Oct 14 2013
Oct 14

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
    • At least 25 tasks to apply (5 in each of the 5 categories)
    • Submit more tasks after Drupal is accepted directly to issue queue on d.o @
    • Need 100+ additional tasks if accepted.
    • Our goal is to focus on Drupal 8 based tasks as there is plenty to work on.
      • Example task: Create a Drupal 8 install walk through video tutorial
      • Example task: Attend a Drupal User Group Meetup
    • How to think of tasks?
      • Tasks from previous years/organizations are listed at legacy code-in websites.
      • Previous Drupal Code-In tasks are found on d.o issue queue.
  • 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.

Oct 21 2012
Oct 21

Google Code-in is a contest sponsored by Google for helping engage 13-17 year old high school students in open source projects. Drupal is applying as a mentoring organization, and in order to do that, we need a list of tasks in five categories (Code, Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, and User Interface) lined up for participants to start working on.

We are currently working on our mentorship application. In order to submit it, we need a variety of high-quality tasks for students to work on. We need at least 5 tasks in each category for application (deadline: 5th Nov 2012), but we will need much more if we get accepted (at least 150). That's where you come in! :D

Tasks should take about two hours work if done by an experienced developer. It will most likely take more time to most of students, but it is a good rule of thumb. Some example tasks are given below. If you have ideas on high-impact and interesting things for a budding open source contributor to work on, please help! /join #drupal-gci and and read the following guidelines.

How to submit a task

  • Propose proper, full tasks, not task ideas. We need tasks written up according to the task guidelines. These tasks can be for core, contributed modules, documentation, usability, infrastructure, whatever you can imagine.
  • Post an issue to the Google Code-In 2012 sandbox's issue queue with your task write-up to propose your task idea (check first if it exists already here). The admins and the rest of the community can then review the task and suggest revisions.
    • Select the component that maps to the category of your task (e.g. User Interface, Code)
    • Follow the template at (deliverables, primary contact, etc.)
    • Tag your issue as gci-proposal
    • Also tag the issue using one tag from each of these:
      Category: gci-code, gci-docs, gci-outreach, gci-qa, gci-ui

  • Get reviews. Ping someone in #drupal-contribute to take a look at your task idea. They will either mark it "needs work" or "reviewed & tested by the community". Once marked "reviewed & tested by the community", an administrator will move it to Code-in task management tool.
  • Remove 'gci-proposal' tag, replace with 'gci-task' tag

Good task ideas

  • -- very detailed spec, so there's no question of what's expected.
  • -- Microformats are interesting outside of Drupal, so knowledge gained here is transferable.
  • -- Low barrier to entry, but an extremely important task.
  • -- both important and can be re-issued as task to multiple participants.

Bad task ideas

  • Rewrite the node system. This task is not doable in the timeframe, even by a Drupal ninja.
  • Port the webchick theme to Drupal 7. This is a personal itch to scratch that doesn't have a lot of impact in the project overall.
  • Find five documents in the handbook that are out of date. This is a "wildcard" task; it would be much better to find specific documents that need work and make fixing those into a task.
  • Port the Pathauto module to Drupal 7. This task has already been done by the community.
Apr 20 2011
Apr 20

Charlie Gordon was a student participant in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, an earlier version of Google Code-in that pairs high school students with mentors in open source projects. Here he discusses his recent experience as a Mentor for the 2010-2011 Google Code-in.

There were so many great stories from Google Code-in that it's hard to pick out just a few. I'm always so excited to get young people involved in open source - I remember how excited I was when I participated in the Google Highly Open Participation Contest myself back in 2007-2008. The program opened many exciting doors for me, including going to Drupal conferences, becoming involved in Drupal core development, and even eventually going to college at MIT, where I am now. It brings me great joy to be able to help open the same doors for the next generation of bright young open source enthusiasts.

Now for the stories! I'm always impressed when students, who are used to doing only what they're specifically told to do for school assignments, go above and beyond. Especially in the format of a contest where the incentives lead students to do the bare minimum, I find those students who put in a real effort to go above and beyond are those who really care about the open source project, and are those who are most likely to stick with it after the contest ends. Here are some of these students:

A student from Thailand, "chalet16", worked on five complex coding tasks for Drupal's style guide module. Over many iterations with the tasks' mentor, the quality of chalet16's code improved, and he also became more comfortable with using's issue queue, a key part of our development process. Not only were the tasks well done, but when chalet16 encountered software bugs in parts of the code that he wasn't working directly on, chalet16 had no problem taking the initiative and opening new issues for the bugs, even submitting additional patches to those issues that fixed the problem. That's exactly the kind of participation that we want to attract to our project, and to open source software development in general.

Despite not having very much experience in PHP, “aantn,” a student from Israel, found ways to contribute to the Drupal project, such as by writing a Python script to survey test coverage statistics for Drupal core and the top 50 or so modules. We now have a much better idea of where and to what extent our automated testing system is being used, and making such statistics public will hopefully encourage module maintainers to write more test coverage for their code.

We specified a task that called for a Drupal core patch to allow a "full preview" button on the content submission form. Halfway through the task, Romanian student "bluman," encountered big roadblocks to that patch. After discussing the issue, we realized that the task would not work as a patch for Drupal core, but would have to be rewritten from the ground up as a contributed module. However, rather than give up, bluman worked hard to redo the task as a module, and came up with fantastic results.

Finally, we set a task to translate a small to medium sized module into another language. Another student from Romania, “ungureanuvladvictor," went way above and beyond the task description, translating one of the largest and most widely used contributed Drupal modules into Romanian. The translation file had more than 1,000 translations in it, a very impressive feat for such a short period of time. I had to scramble to find a Romanian speaker willing to review such a large translation!

Really, there are so many impressive students out there.

By Charlie Gordon, mentor

We always hope that the students who participate in programs like Google Code-in and Google Summer of Code develop a bond with the open source community they work with during the program and continue to contribute to the community long after the contest ends. Charlie Gordon is a prime example; he not only continues to be actively involved in the Drupal community but he is also sharing his experience and wisdom with younger developers and helping them become contributors to open source. Great job, Charlie!

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs Office

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