[Baypiggies] friendly challenge
doug.hellmann at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 14:27:44 CET 2007
Google is running a contest for middle and high school students
called the Google Highly Open Participation (GHOP) contest. The aim
of the contest is to encourage young people to participate in open
source projects. The contest is structured around 10 open source
projects, including the Python Software Foundation. Contestants
participate by completing tasks defined by the projects. If a
contestant completes a task, they get a t-shirt and certificate for
participating in the contest. For every 3 tasks completed, they get
$100 (up to $500). There are also 10 grand prizes to be awarded,
which include a free trip to the Googleplex in Mountain View.
The contest is only about a week old now, and all of the tasks
defined by the PSF have been claimed already! We're the first
project to reach that milestone, and we're really excited about the
level and quality of participation from the contestants. We are
looking for more Python-oriented tasks to be completed by the
The Python Users' Group in Atlanta, PyATL, hereby challenges the
BayPiggies to come up with more new task ideas than we do. The
winner retains bragging rights until the next GHOP.
What we need from you are *ideas*. We can work out the specific
details once we have a general idea (though obviously the more
detail you give, the easier it is for us).
Tasks need to be something which can be completed within at most 5
calendar days. They can cover areas like documentation, translation,
testing, development, or outreach. We've had some surprisingly
talented kids participating, so don't worry about making the tasks
too hard. Each task should benefit an established open source
project in some way. The most important characteristic is to make
sure there is a clearly defined completion criteria, so we can tell
when the task is done.
For examples of the existing tasks, check out the issue list at:
Is there a module or project that needs help with documentation? Is
there a plugin missing for a tool you use a lot? Do you have a
weekend project you've been meaning to write but never quite found
the time for? Tell us about it, and maybe we'll find someone to do
it for you.
PS - Our meeting isn't until next week so you have a head start. Use
it well! :-)
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