Hey guys, I am Yash Kothari…
Google code-in is a world-wide competition held by the folks at Google annually which provides a platform for us to explore new and interesting organisations and also help them! With tasks in all branches of cyber-computing such as: Code, User Interface, Documentation/Training, Quality Assurance and Outreach/Research it is the ultimate competition.
I found about GCI from a friend a year ago but I was too late to join in the fun. Now that I know how epic Google Code-in is, I really regret not being able to participate last year. Nevertheless, this year I have planned to complete as many GCI tasks as I can and not waste this opportunity.
When I completed my first task, I was hocked on to it like an anchor. It was the best experience by far. I had actually accomplished something and in doing so also benefited an actual organisation. That feeling is like no other. Soon I started to hunt for a second and a third. The third meant that I would get a google t-shirt from as a prize. I was psyched! I must admit I wasn’t the fastest to reach so far but I was defiantly determined and disciplined for the task. Day and night, I emptied the internet, disburdening it of its information and piecing together information to finish the task. ASAP!
The mentors are a great addition to the competition. Without them, I probably wouldn’t have any successful submissions. They really do help a lot and narrow the tasks down for us to understand it. No matter how wrong the first draft is or even the tenth draft. They keep on providing their services relentlessly. Their motivational chat-bits also keep us focus and regulate the ginormous enthusiasm.
The best thing about GCI is that it motivates us to surf the internet and learn to do things previously unheard-of. For example; Forking a Project in GitHub. It was something which I at first hearing about, thought of food but later I understood what it really was and how relevant it is. Never would this be possible had GCI not existed.
FOSSASIA is a great organisation and brings with it a huge number of tasks which are meant to help us and them both. The opportunity we are so privileged to have to work with them and help them with their organisation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Fossasia hosts many great projects such as susi.ai and Meilix. They are seriously very interesting! I really want to learn more about them.
Through GCI I found about many open-source applications and even decided to download a few of them. I love the application created by zullip, ‘zulipchat’. It is an incredible app! Without GCI, I never would have know about it. I use it now as a means to communicate with the community along with GitHub.
Adding to that hype, completing more tasks for a particular organisation and ending up in their leader-board will yield a google Hoody! Google code-in is defiantly a great way to show-off your cybernetic prowess, earn recognition and knowledge in various subjects.