We’re pleased to announce that today marks the start of the Google Code-in contest. Students who are at least 13 years old and not more than 18 years old and are currently enrolled in a pre-university school on November 22, 2010 are eligible to participate. Start claiming tasks to work on for our participating mentor organizations right now.

Tasks are sorted according to organization, difficulty level, type of task, and point value. If you are considering participating, take a look at the tasks list and see what you’re interested in claiming. You can comment on the task if you have questions about the task for the organization.

For successful completion of just one task you will receive a t-shirt and certificate of participation. For every three tasks you complete you’ll receive $100, up to a maximum of $500. Our 10 contestants with the most points at the end of the contest win the Grand Prize: an all-expenses paid trip with a family member to Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, California!

The contest ends on January 10, 2011. So don’t delay, claim a task today!

If you have questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions and the Rules page, or take a look at the video above. You can also join our discussion list and ask your question there.

Have fun, and meet you on the list or in Mountain View!
By Carol Smith, Open Source Team