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I'm the Only Google Code-In 2018 Mexican Finalist, AMA!

tonadev profile image Alejandro García ・1 min read

You may already know what's Google Code-In, if you don't, you can read more about it here.

As you saw in the title, I was the only Google Code-In 2018 mexican finalist. Sadly, there were no Google Code-In mexican winners this year.

I answered the following questions that I though would be 'interesting' to you.

How many times have you participated in Google Code-In?

This was my first time participating in Google Code-In, and also my last as I'm 17 and will be 18 this year.

Was this your first time contributing to OSS?

No. Before participating I had already contributed to OSS. I made 3 contributions to oppia.

Would you recommend teenagers to participate in Google Code-In?

Absolutely. Participating to Google Code-In was a great experience and I would participate again if I could. If you know any similar contest, please comment it.

Now, it's your time to ask!

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Gabriel Arazas • Edited

At least you are able to participate at least one Google Code-in. I just discovered about RIGHT after I entered college. 😣

Anyways, I know this has been discussed more than I can count but what is your personal advice for participating to OSS projects? Also, how's your experience contributing to OSS projects?

(Also, could you hit me up if you find similar contests to Google Code-in, too? 😋)

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything • Edited

First question
My advice would be that people interested in contributing to OSS should choose projects that make them feel comfortable but that represent a challenge too.

For example, I started contributing to Oppia, because I think it's beginner friendly, but to start contributing I had to 'learn' Python and learn all the process to contribute to OSS. I felt comfortable but there was learning too.

In other words, don't make it neither so hard nor easy for you.

Second question
My experience contributing to OSS has been great, I've learned a lot and makes me feel great knowing that someone else is actually using something that I helped to make. Also I got opportunities (I will post something about it soon)

Last question
Sure.

I agree with:

Aren't you participating in Google Summer Of Code?

You should participate in Google Summer Of Code. I hope to participate next year, even being a freshman.

Also, I suggest the nodejs mentorship program. It isn't a contest, but you have a mentor that helps you contributing to the nodejs foundation. There are a few mentors but if you know english you can get one sooner. I am looking for a spanish mentor, but if it takes to much, I think I will try for an english mentor.

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Gabriel Arazas

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, man. Really appreciate it! 🙂 I'll keep those points in mind when entering for GSoC.

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Palash Bauri 👻

Aren't you participating in Google Summer Of Code?

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Gabriel Arazas

Never heard of that before. Thanks for recommending me this! 😁 I'll try to look into it.

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Palash Bauri 👻 • Edited

Hey! Congratulations ❤️ Great Job!

Seems like we've many similarities :

  • I'm also a Google Code-in 2018 Finalist
  • This year was also my first & last year of GCI

Which org did you work for?

Oh just found this :

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything

Well, that answers your question.

You worked for Digital Impact Alliance, right?

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Palash Bauri 👻 • Edited

Yes, but i also worked for SCORE Labs for few days ...

Actually I couldn't focus 100% because of exams, i think Google should change their time ..

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything

I couldn't focus neither, I had school and school related stuff to do, that left me less than 2 free hours everyday (except for weekends). And less than 2 hours weren't enough to complete a single task.

And the last week of Google Code-In I had exams too. Just when I was doing a hard and important task, I had to leave the task.

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Baily Case

First off, Congratulations! I have never heard of Google Code-in, but I wish I had known.

My only questions is, do you ever face imposter syndrome? Not related to the Code-in, but just coding in general. How do you overcome it?

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything

I don't think I have ever faced imposter syndrome.

But I wanted to answer both questions, so I investigated a little about imposter syndrome.

I think that talking to someone could be helpful to overcome imposter syndrome. I know that it's hard sometimes to talk. But asking for help doesn't hurt anyone.

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Roman Voloboev • Edited

Hey, Alejandro.
That is nice, congrats!

Are you going to put all efforts on studying or would like to work a part-time in parallel?

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything • Edited

I would like to work a part-time in parallel or continue contributing to OSS (to get more experience) if it doesn't affect me at school.

I really can't say if that is a "yes, I'll put all my efforts on studying". I feel a conflict between my desire to get a degree and my thought that experience is more valuable than a degree.

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Carlo Teran

Congrats Alejandro!

Que bueno ver gente representando a Mexico! Exito crack!

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Adrián Moreno

Felicidades Alejandro!

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Ben Halpern

What made you want to participate?

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Alejandro García Ask Me Anything • Edited

I read about Hacktoberfest 2018 here in dev.to and I wanted to participate, but I thought that getting to 5 PR for a T-shirt would be difficult, so I decided to not participate.

Then I realized that it wasn't difficult at all, but was to late to participate.

So I started looking for any alternatives when I found Google Code-In.
I saw that I could win a T-shirt by only making 3 tasks. So, I decided to participate and win a T-shirt.

Basically, I wanted a T-shirt. That was the main reason that made me participate, and also because it was an excuse to contribute to OSS and get some experience.