How it works

In the fall, Google chooses more than a dozen Open Source organizations to participate. The organizations create a large list of short (3-5 hour) tasks for students to work on. Tasks are categorized as: Code, Documentation/Training, Outreach/Research, Quality Assurance, or Design.

  • Coding
  • Documentation / Training
  • Outreach / Research
  • Quality Assurance
  • Design


  • Students search for a task that interests them and claim it. They have at least three days to complete it.
  • The student works on the task, getting guidance from mentors, if needed. Mentor and Student Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Once the student is ready, they submit their work for review through the contest website.
  • Mentors from the organization evaluate the work, provide feedback, and if it's complete, accept it! Otherwise, specific feedback is provided, and the student updates the work.
  • Once a task is accepted, the student can claim another!


  • Participants win prizes including a digital certificate and t-shirts!
  • At the end of the contest, each organization will choose five finalists to receive limited edition Google Code-in hoodies! Two finalists from each organization will be grand prize winners and go on a trip to Google Headquarters in California!
  • Digital Certificates
  • T-Shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Grand Prize Trip