Yathannsh Kulshrestha, a Class 11 student of Jaipur is among a few students across the world to win the Google Code-in contest for the year 2015.
Google Code-in is a global competition for pre-university students with the objective to add value to open source software development.
The participants associate themselves with one of the open source organizations endorsed by Google and perform tasks related to writing or refactoring code, documentation, training, outreach, research, quality assurance and user interface enhancement. The contest also involves analysis of problems and recommendation of appropriate solutions.
The 49 day-long contest started on December 7, ended on January 25 and the result was declared on February 8. Around 2,700 students of Computer science across 98 countries participated in this competition.
A student of Jayshree Periwal International School, Kulshrestha is the first person from Rajasthan and among a few Indians in the last seven years to crack the contest. He has been invited to Google headquarters in Mountain view, California, the US, in June 2016 to receive his award.
“I have always dreamt about it. It would be an inspirational trip to the Google headquarters,” said Kulshrestha.
Speaking about his association with FOSASIA in the contest, Yathannsh said, “I had completed 40 tasks in 49 days. The tasks included making Android applications, web applications, designing homepages for websites and finding functional errors. Juggling time between the long duration of the contest and preparations for class 11 exam was really a big challenge for me.”
Son of Bhuvnesh Kulshrestha, an IRS officer, Yathannsh has been a national-level basketball player. He is also the founder and president of The Turing Fraternity, a first-of-its-kind computer science club affiliated by Google CS First that operates in Rajasthan to hone creativity of Computer science enthusiasts.