The Google Code in competition is a program that permits young high school student age 13 to 17 to learn  how to work on open source projects.The 2016  winners of the Google Code In Project was announce on the 30th of Januaray 2017.  This year an African has featured among the list of winners.



The Man himself
 Nji collins is the first African to win the Google Code In project. He is a Cameroonians from the North West Region.
Nji Collins is  17 years old and a student  of Government Bilingual High School Bamenda(GBHS Bamenda).  He is an Upper sixth science student and now a Google Code in Grand prize winner.


                             The Mentors 
While we say congratulations Collins for being   the first African to win the Google Code-in Grand Prize, we should not forget about the mentors. 
Once more the Silicon Mountain techosystem has proven that they represent tech in Africa.
The Silicon Mountain will be sending a visitor to Google in the Silicon Valley. 
Thanks to  Google Developers Group Buea (GDG Buea)  championed by names like: +Isaac Kamga  +Nyah Check  +Otto Akama  , Alangi Derrick,  Melanie Lontsi among others.

These team of mentors made up of developers,tech entrepreneurs,Google summer code participant and what you can think  when it comes to code and tech. It is with the dedication of these young Cameroonians in collaboration with Nji collins that Africa is able to make a name today, January 30th 2017 in Google Code in History. We encourage other Cameroonian and Africans to engage in team work and make our youths and continent a great place.

This team of talented mentors are ready to produce the next generation of coders,hackers and tech entrepreneurs  with the label ''Made in Cameroon'' . Pay a visit to the silicon mountain of Cameroon or connect with some members of this community.  Is this not great?

                 The Challenges

In a post on Afro Hustlers, Collins NJI said '' When GCI started I was anxious and nervous to some extend… I had to find ways to turn my nervousness into creativity and fun. Participating was super exciting and really exhausting,  and at the end, I discovered that I gained a whole new level of experience in the Open source world''
 Like any other youth, this young developer had challenges  which every teen and  developer  has. However we will list some challenges we think are worth mentioning;
- The Age :  Many teens don't think of  things like this given that computer education is done passively in Cameroon secondary schools. He was able to think contrary  to what   17 years old think of ( sex, alcohol among others).

-The Country: Nji is from Cameroon. Taking a decision to participate in this competition means  he was ready to deviate from the so called ''Cameroon Mentality''.

-Strike: From the day the Google  Code in project was launched to the day of publication, the towns of Buea and Bamenda where Nji could work had been on strike AKA The Anglophone Problem.

-No internet:  The winner is coming from a part of the country where Internet had been cut off.

                                   The Determination to Win
-The challenges. We all know how ugly codes looks like.  In other to make it to the end, Nji collins along with 33 other teens completed 842 task to emerge winners.

-Despite internet outage in Cameroon , Nji Collins was able to travel from the Bamenda to Bafoussam to have access to the internet. He is the winner under this conditions.

-1 340 students from 62 countries participated in this years competition. Standing out among the number require hard work, sacrifice and determination.


The Winners
 Nji Collins is the winner of the Google Code in program . He made it along with 33 other students .













Name

Organization

Country

Matthew
Marting

Apertium

United
States

Shardul
Chiplunkar

Apertium

United
States

Michal
Hanus

BRL-CAD

Czech
Republic

Sudhanshu
Agarwal

BRL-CAD

India

Alexandru
Bratosin

CCExtractor
Development

Romania

Evgeny
Shulgin

CCExtractor
Development

Russian
Federation

Joshua
Pan

Copyleft
Games Group

United
States

Shriank
Kanaparti

Copyleft
Games Group

India

Dhanat
Satta-awalo

Drupal

Thailand

Utkarsh
Dixit

Drupal

India

Kaisar
Arkhan

FOSSASIA

Indonesia

Oana
Roşca

FOSSASIA

Romania

Raefaldhi
Amartya Junior

Haiku

Indonesia

Vanisha
Kesswani

Haiku

India

Ilya
Bizyaev

KDE

Russian
Federation

Sergey
Popov

KDE

Russian
Federation

Anshuman
Agarwal

MetaBrainz

India

Daniel
Hsing

MetaBrainz

Hong
Kong

Dhruv
Shrivastava

Mifos

India

Sawan
Kumar

Mifos

India

Ong
Jia Wei, Isaac

Moving
Blocks

Singapore

Scott
Moses Sunarto

Moving
Blocks

Indonesia

Mira
Yang

OpenMRS

United
States

Nji
Collins

OpenMRS

Cameroon

Cristian
García

Sugar
Labs

Uruguay

Tymon
Radzik

Sugar
Labs

Poland

August
van de Ven

SCoRe

Netherlands

Deniz
Karakay

SCoRe

Turkey

Jacqueline
Bronger

Systers

Germany

Soham
Sen

Systers

India

Filip
Grzywok

Wikimedia

Poland

Justin
Du

Wikimedia

United
States

Sampriti
Panda

Zulip

India

Tommy
Ip

Zulip

United
Kingdom

Table
Source:
Google Open Source Blog


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The  Google Code in Grand Prize
The Google code in program  offer  digital certificates, hoodies and T-shirts to participants. Those who are awarded the grand prize will travel to Google head quarters in  California, USA.  Visiting the Silicon valley means breathing tech. It will be an opportunity for this Young tech guy from Cameroon to meet like minded teens and develop  more interest in tech.

 
What next?

The winner is from the Silicon mountain  in Buea and will be visiting the Silicon Valley in California.

The success of Collins remind us with Obama's campaign slogan,’’ YES WE CAN’’ .  Africans can participate the Google code in open source competition and win.  This is an inspiration to Young African and Cameroonians who think they can bring out their talents after a achieving a certain level of education or just think cant do nothing. You can do something, Find a mentor and get started. We look forward for more Africans to engage in such challenges.

 There are several other programs available for developers and aspiring developers such as Google Summer of Code program, Google women techmakers among others.   Your Contribution and comment are greatly appreciated.
                                       who is the Next?



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  1. Hi sir, how can i also participate to become a code in winner?

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