Google Code In 2019

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Central page for administering OSGeo participation in Google Code In 2018



  • Full timeline
  • Oct 10 2019: Organizations can start drafting application to be mentoring organizations
  • Oct 28 2019: Application deadline (exact time) for mentoring organizations (we should have mentors and tasks by then - we need a minimum of 25 tasks by 17 Sept, but we should aim to have between 150 & 500 tasks in total before the contest begins)
  • Oct 29 2019: Mentoring organizations announced
  • Dec 2 2019: Contest opens for entries by student participants (exact time)
  • Jan 21 2020: Deadline for students to claim new tasks (exact time)
  • Jan 23 2020: All student work must be submitted; contest ends (exact time)
  • Jan 24 2020: Mentoring organizations complete all evaluations of students’ work (exact time)
  • Jan 30 2020: Mentoring organizations submit list of Winners and Finalists (exact time)
  • Feb 10 2020: Grand Prize Winners and Finalists announced
  • June (exact dates TBD): Grand Prize Winner’s Trip


  • Contest rules
    • Ineligible individuals (according to the above rules):
      • a resident of a United States embargoed country, Brazil, Italy, or Quebec (see Google's reasons; link to the Italian law about online contests),
      • ordinarily resident in a United States embargoed country,
      • participating as a Mentor in the 2019 Contest, or
      • otherwise prohibited by applicable export controls and sanctions programs.



Contact OSGeo's administrators: gci-admin at osgeo dot org

Interested mentors / volunteers

Recommendations for Students



Kickoff (virtual) meeting

  • 2018-09-13 at 16.00 UTC
  • On IRC in the #osgeo-gsoc channel on (connect directly in your browser via webchat)
  • agenda:
    • discuss ideas for tasks for the students (we need 25 tasks minimum for the application due 17 Sept)
    • plan to share mentor invites to all OSGeo projects

Lessons Learned

Mentor Representation at the Grand Prize Winners Trip

  • 1 mentor will represent OSGeo at the GCI Grand Prize Winners trip on June 24-27, 2019 (more information on the trip site
  • a travel stipend of 2200 USD will be available for flight & travel costs (Google will pay for 4 nights in hotel)
  • Please sign your name below if you are interested to represent OSGeo as a mentor at the GCI trip:

Grand Prize Winner Trip Mentor Report

Every year Google invites the Grand-Prize winners and their parents, and a mentor to it’s headquarters in San Francisco, California for a 4 days trip. I (Rahul Chauhan (rahulworld)) was offered the opportunity to go and represent OSGeo in the summit and meet these 2 brilliant folks in person. This report covers activities and other things that happened there.

I was visiting Google San Francisco, meeting with the two winner students from Google Code-In as well as the students and mentors from the 14 other organisations participating in GCI. Our two winning students : Matthew Murzaku from the USA, and Shubham Sharma from India. Both our winners were amazing and did the tasks with great quality. I am still surprised to see their work at such a young age. I am also hoping to see them as GCI mentors or GSoC students in the future.

Day 1 (Reception)

I met with Matthew and Shubham and the other students and mentors in the Hotel lobby where there was a “meet and greet” reception in the evening. Students were given a list of traits (“Did I ride bike last week”, “can speak 3 or more languages fluently”, etc) and had a few minutes to find as much students and mentors as possible matching the traits. This was a good way for the students to get to know each other and the mentors a bit. We then stayed in the hotel lobby for some discussion or hacking.

Day 2 (Full Day at Google headquarters in Mountain View)

This day was special since we were going to explore Googleplex and talk to Google Engineers at Google Cloud office. We were also offered $75 and $150 to mentors and students respectively to buy our choice of Google Merchandise. Students met with Google employees of their home country and parted to have lunch with them. We had a line up of talks by great folks from Google.

  • Recruiting – Lauren Alpizar
  • Android OS: Ally Sillins
  • Cloud: Ryan Matsumoto
  • Chrome OS – Grant Grundler
  • Google Assistant – Daniel Myers
  • Google TensorFlow – Paige Bailey

We had Dinner at the same office and then head back to the hotel.

Day 3 (Fun Day in San Francisco)

Probably the day most of us would remember. We had option to select one of Segway tour or cable car tour. We split into 2 groups for different activities. I Selected the Segway tour. We later met for lunch in a park by the sea, and boarded the bus once again to visit the Golden Gate bridge. The day ended with a Yacht course across the bay, and we could enjoy a beautiful view of San Francisco from there.

Day 4 (Closing reception in Google SF office)

On the last day, we had to go the office a bit early. We had breakfast in the office itself followed by the award ceremony (to grand prize winners). We were given 4 minutes per org time to share something if we wished. A lot of students shared their experience with GCI. we shared a little intro on OSGeo projects and my GCI experience as mentor and Metthew shared his favourite task experience. We had lunch after than and meanwhile a video crew was taking interview of people who signed up for it. I and Matthew went for video interview. We had left the office by 3pm after taking a lot of pictures in front of the San Francisco – Oakland bridge.

People who made this possible

Thanks to every student who participated. Everyone of you were amazing and I hope to see you all. Thanks to Victoria Rautenbach, Jeff McKenna and Michael for being there when needed, and keeping the conversation alive. A very special thanks to Victoria Rautenbach for being the backbone of this. Of course all the mentors, Thank you for giving all the time and I hope to be a part of this along with all of you in the coming years.

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