I am pleased to announce that our project has been accepted to participate in the Google Code In program. This is a contest for 13-17 year olds, introducing them to the world of open source development.
The program involves lots of small, bite sized tasks. Example from previous years can be found here: https://developers.google.com/open-source/gci/resources/example-tasks . Tasks can be in the areas of coding, design, QA, documentation or outreach.
To be successful in the program, we need to create a range of such tasks. We also need many mentors willing to guide students over December and January.
I think this is a great opportunity for us to pay back for the amazing things that high school students have achieved for our community; as well as to pay it forward for a new crop of young contributors. Please join me helping mentor students this winter (… or … summer, if you are down south! )
In terms of the mechanics, Google want the tasks to stay private till the program formally opens in about a month. We will therefore need to create the tasks in private. Please let me know if you are interested, and I’ll add you to a google doc we are using to collect tasks. Also join us on the #codeinmentors channel on Slack.