The Internet is made of open source. Now, Google is giving pre-university students (13-17 years old) to learn and create open source software through the opening of Google Code-in 2012 contest -- "starting Monday, November 26 and for the following 50 days, contest participants will work on fun online tasks for 10 different open source organizations. Possible challenges include documentation, marketing outreach, software coding, user experience research and more," google blogged.
Google says, for this year, they're offering 20 grand prize's to students, who will win a trip to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. "The students there will spend a day getting a tour of the "Googleplex," meeting and talking with Google engineers, plus enjoy another full day exploring San Francisco and other surprises."
For details on important dates for the contest, see the timeline, and register your account on the program site when the contest opens on Monday, November 26 at 9:00am PST.
In other Google news, the company created Arabic Web Days, an initiative in the Middle East and North Africa which is focused on boosting the amount of Arabic content online.
Google says, for the next 30 days, it is holding a series of online and offline events along with partners. Here's how you can get involved:
- "Participate in a series of Hangouts on Google+ to get tips and tricks from industry experts on contributing Arabic content to the web--through online journalism, YouTube videos, Wikipedia editing, translation of English content, SEO and more
- Join YouTube Tweet Up in Doha, Qatar on Dec 15 to learn how to create viral Arabic videos and make money through YouTube
- Participate in region's first Arabic infographics competition with Tajseed
- Volunteer to be part of a TED initiative to create quality Arabic digital content via Arabic subtitling during a kick-off event with TED, twofour54 and Taghreedat in Abu Dhabi on Dec 4
- Sign up for developer training at g|days in Jordan on Dec. 5-6 and Egypt on Dec. 9-10 to learn about Arabic localization, webmaster tools, SEO and YouTube for Business
- Learn about Egyptian Ministry of Education's educational channels on YouTube which include different curricula from first to twelfth grade, as well as e-Lessons via video and Google+ Hangouts.
- Celebrate 12/12/12 as National Arabic Web Day," informs google.
To get more details, visit the website.
SEM management platforms have evolved quickly, and offer more options than ever before. This creates both greater opportunity and complexity for today's search marketers. And for marketers and agencies, choosing a platform isn't easy.
To hear directly from search marketers about what they wanted in SEM management platforms, Google held numerous forums over the past year. Now, Google's DoubleClick Search team created a guide to help those looking for, or testing out, an SEM platform partner.
"We'll continue to ensure that our clients' needs guide our investment in DoubleClick Search and in the broader DoubleClick Digital Marketing platform," the DS team posted.
You can download the full guide here.
Update: Google launched a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called "Take Action," to help user educate about their internet rights are and what changes with laws could do to impact the freedom on the Internet.
In a G+ post, Google posted that starting December 3, "the world's governments meet behind closed doors to discuss the future of the Internet. This meeting of the International Telecommunication Union or #ITU will take place in Dubai. Some governments want to use this meeting in Dubai to increase censorship and regulate the Internet."
Get started here.