Call to Code is a Google computer science competition open to students aged 13-18 in Ireland. Find out what’s involved and what you can win!

How does it work?

Students sign-up through their teacher and obtain parental consent. During the first phase of the competition, 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 our 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.

When and Where?

Round 1 of our competition will be held online on 25 November 2015 between the hours of 08:00 and 23:59 GMT. Winners of Round 1 will qualify to advance to the Final Round.

The Final Round will take place in person at our Google office 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 our 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!