The Google 'Call to Code' competition for 2015 has been announced. Entry is open to second-level schools across Ireland for students aged between 13 and 18.
The inaugural competition in 2014 saw more than 2,500 students take part in the Google event, which aims to help increase the level interest in coding among Irish students.
Call to Code 2015 will begin on 25th November.
How does it work?
Students sign-up for Call to Code through their teacher and obtain parental consent.
The competition is then split into two rounds:
During Round 1, students learn the basics of coding and develop their computer science skills with the support of their teacher, during class time, at lunch-time Call to Code clubs, or at home with their friends.
Students then have the option of competing in a friendly contest, which will include both logic puzzles and programming tasks designed for junior level and senior level cycles. Students will be ranked publicly on Google's leaderboard by username and score in real time during the competition. Ranking of the contestants will be decided by the most problems correctly answered.
You can learn more about the rules of the competition here.
“Google Ireland created this competition to gain a better understanding of the knowledge of and interest in coding among students,” said Fionnuala Meehan, the head of Google’s Education Committee, about the event.
“Coding is for everyone, male and female, and successful coding is about logic: if you can think logically, you can code.”
Where and When
Round 1 of the Google competition will be held online on 25 November 2015 between the hours of 00:00 and 11:59 GMT. Winners of Round 1 will qualify to advance to the Final Round. The Final Round will take place in person at the Google offices in Dublin on 9 December 2015 from 12:00-17:00 GMT. All finalists are responsible for getting themselves to the Final Round in order to compete. Winners of the Final Round will be announced on-site on the day of the competition and posted to the Google website.
Who can take part?
Everyone in Ireland who is eligible, as outlined in the Rules, is encouraged to participate. You do not need to have a background in programming to partake at the early stages. You can use the first phase to master the skills of coding, try some fun puzzles with your friends, and see how computer science is shaping the world.
Qualifying will more than likely require some programming skill so get practising early!
Those who wish to take part in Call to Code 2015 must register before midday on 23rd November.
Registration and Competition details are available here.
The CareersPortal Team