Joomla! invited to join Google Highly Open Participation Contest

November 28th, 2007 - 5:14 pm ICT by admin  

Would you like a chance to win a trip to the Googleplex, the California
headquarters of Google in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley,
and help Joomla! at the same time?

Well, following on from the
success of the Google Summer of Code program, Google has today launched
a contest for pre-university students (high school and secondary school
students) aimed at encouraging young people to participate in open
source projects. Joomla! is proud to have been invited to join with
nine other open source organisations for this pilot program which will
run until early February 2008.

The Google Highly Open
Participation Contest, or GHOP for short, is intended to offer an
opportunity to students who may want to get into open source but don’t
know where to start. By working through a number of pre-defined tasks,
contestants will be able to engage with the open source community and
get involved at a far earlier time than they might otherwise think they
could. At the same time, Joomla! gets the benefit of additional
contributions to the project.

For the past two months, a crack team has been working in secret to
build a list of tasks that we need help with. Tasks are not limited to
coding; there are 102 tasks to choose from, divided into categories:
code, documentation, outreach, quality assurance, research, training,
translation and user interface. Tasks are generally either two or four
weeks in duration and have been designed so that students can complete
them in their spare time without affecting their studies. You can see
full details of the tasks by visiting the Joomla! GHOP site. There is
a wide range of tasks, including many that require only minimal prior
knowledge of Joomla! and each contestant will have access to a
task-specific mentor who can offer guidance where needed. It’s a great
way to get started on contributing to an open source project and we
hope that contestants will have a lot of fun in the process.

As
this is a contest it has prizes! At the conclusion of the contest,
each contestant will receive a T-shirt and certificate for successfully
completing at least one task and 100 US Dollars for every three tasks
successfully completed. In addition, the Joomla! GHOP judges will
evaluate each entry on the basis of creativity, thoroughness, quality
of work and community involvement and select one contestant to receive
the Grand Prize of a trip to Google Headquarters in Mountain View,
California, USA for an award ceremony for the contestant and one parent
or guardian.

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