We are pleased to announce the 10 open source organizations that will be providing tasks for young students to work on during the Google Code-in 2013 contest starting later this month. The contest is designed to introduce 13-17 year old pre-university students to open source software development. These open source organizations are all experienced at mentoring students, having all participated in Google Summer of Code in the past; many have also participated in previous years of Google Code-in as well.

Apertium - platform for making rule-based machine translation systems
BRL-CAD - a 3D computer graphics modeling system
Copyleft Games Group - promotes players rights to create, play, mod, and share games
Drupal - content management platform
Haiku - an operating system, fast and simple, inspired by the BeOS
KDE - develops desktop software (desktop globe, music player, office suite and more)
RTEMS - open source real-time operating system for embedded applications
Sahana Software Foundation - humanitarian open source disaster management software
Sugar Labs - a learning platform that reinvents how computers are used for primary education
Wikimedia Foundation - MediaWiki and extensions, powering Wikipedia and thousands of collaborative websites

Organizations will provide a list of tasks for students to work on during the contest in categories such as coding, documentation, user interface, quality assurance and outreach. Each task has a mentor assigned to it to help students should they have questions as they are completing the tasks.

The mentoring organizations are now all busy working on their extensive task lists to have them ready by the start of the contest on November 18th.

Starting on Monday, November 18th at 17:00 UTC, students that meet the eligibility requirements can register on the Google Code-in contest site and start claiming tasks and earning prizes.

For more important contest information please check out the contest site for Contest Rules, Frequently Asked Questions and Important Dates.  We have a screencast and a short video about the contest available to view as well. You can also join our announcement and discussion lists to talk with other students, mentors and organization administrators.

Students, join in the fun – Google Code-in starts Monday, November 18th!

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs