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  • Pre-university students contribute to Wikimedia in Google Code-in 2016


From November 2016 to January 2017, 192 students worked on 424 Wikimedia tasks with the help of 46 Wikimedia community mentors.


Two people doing coding work.

Google Code-in is an annual contest for 14-17-year-old students exploring free and open source software projects via small tasks in the areas of code, documentation, outreach, research, and design. Students who complete tasks receive a certificate and a T-shirt from Google, while the top students for each organization get invited to visit the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

For the fourth time, Wikimedia was one of the participating organizations by offering mentors and tasks.

Number of tasks resolved per week. Image by Andre Klapper, Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International.

To list some student achievements:

We have also received some feedback from participating students:

  • In 1.5 months, I learned more than in 1.5 years. -- Filip
  • I know these things will be there forever and it's a big thing for me to have my name on such a project as MediaWiki. -- Victor
  • What makes kids like me continue a work is appreciation and what the community did is giving them a lot. -- Subin
  • I spent my best time of my life during the contest. -- David

Congratulations to our winners (Filip Grzywok, Justin Du), to our finalists (David Siedtmann, Nikita Volobuiev, Yurii Shnitkovskyi), and to the many hard working students for their valuable contributions to make free knowledge available for everybody. We'll see you around on IRC, mailing lists, tasks, and patch comments.

We also wish to thank all our mentors for their commitment: The time they spent on weekends, coming up with task ideas, working together with students and quickly reviewing contributions.

Wikimedia always welcomes contributions to help improve our free and open software. Check out how you can contribute.

Andre Klapper, Bugwrangler in the Technical Collaboration team at the Wikimedia Foundation