I’m at the OSDC open source conference in Australia. Leslie Hawthorn from Google just announced the Highly Open Participation Contest. It’s like Summer of Code for high-school students, with smaller tasks that can be more than code. As this is the first year, they’re going to work with projects whose mentoring really stood out in the Summer of Code—projects like Joomla, Moodle, and Silverstripe (disclosure: I’m an advisor to Silverstripe). They announced in Australia because they’re conscious that the Southern Hemisphere is discriminated against by the “Summer” part of “Summer of Code”—the projects they chose have a strong Australia and New Zealand presence. It’s great to see Google facilitating an interest in tech in those influential highschool years.