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Nexus Digital ProGoogle announced the winners of the 2016 Google Code-in (GCI) Grand Prize Winners and Finalists. Amongst the winners is a young Upper-Sixth Student of GBHS Bamenda, Nji Collins who joined 33 other teens worldwide to take home the Grand Prize.

In all, 1,340 students were selected from 62 countries to complete 6,418 tasks. Nji Collins came out to be the only winner from Africa, the first ever from Africa since the beginning of the contest which is in its 7th session. Winners as well as finalist were chosen by the 17 open source organizations.

According to the anouncement by Google on January 30, 2017, the 34 teen Grand Prize winners completed a total of 842 tasks. They will be given a four-day tour at Google’s Northen California headquarters (Google Campus) in summer where they will meet Google engineers.

The remaining 51 finalists who did not make it for the Grand Prize will each receive a digital certificate of completion, a hooded sweatshirt and Google Code-in shirt.

Google Code-in is an annual contest out to help pre-university students aged between 13 to 17 to gain a real-wrold computer experience. They are involved in tasks with various difficulty levels with mentors helping them. The 2016 edition was the 7th.

According to Bareta News, Nji Collins had to travel from Bamenda to Bafoussam, Cameroon in other to submit his task due to the Internet cut by the government in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon as a result of the recent lawyers’ and teachers’ strike. The news report also stated Nji Collins is a product of the “Silicon Mountain”, Cameroon’s tech centre in Buea, the South West Region of Cameroon.

Below is the list of Grand Prize winners of the Google Code-in 2016.

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GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

 

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

 

Sources: Google