We are at the halfway point of the Google Code-in 2012 contest and we wanted to share some exciting stats with you. The contest is designed to introduce 13-17 year old pre-university students to the world of open source software development. During the first few weeks we have had 297 students complete at least one task in the contest. For many students this is their first introduction to the open source community.

Along with striving for certificates and t-shirts, many students are working toward the grand prize trip to Google’s Mountain View, California Campus for 20 hard working contestants next spring.

Google Code-in 2012 by the numbers

Registered Students 
  • Currently over 1900 students from 81 countries have registered for the contest. 
  • There are two new countries to add to the list this year- United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe
  • The countries with the most registered students are (in order): 
United States    877
India                 208
Canada               92
Bulgaria              81
United Kingdom 72
Romania              68
Australia              35
Poland                 29
South Korea        29
Spain                   29

Students who have already completed tasks
  • We are excited to announce we have students completing tasks for the first time from the following countries: China, Kenya (6 students so far), Kuwait, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay
  • For the following countries the student participation in 2012 has already at least doubled from earlier years: Argentina, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, and South Korea. 
Students still have plenty of time to participate in the contest. The last day to register as a student and claim a task is January 13, 2012 and all work must be submitted by January 14, 2012 at 17:00 UTC

Students can join the Google Code-in discussion list to ask questions of other students and program administrators.  We have a short screencast that describes the details of the contest and you can check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Contest Rules on the program site for more details.

Good luck and have fun!

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs