The Open Source CMS SilverStripe calls the resulting work from participant students "stunning".
Google Highly Open Participation Contest introduced pre-university students to the many contributions that make open source software development possible, and concluded on 4 February 2008.
Around the world nearly 400 students produced a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the ten participating organizations - including the New Zealand-based company SilverStripe.
SilverStripe begun the project with 60 tasks to be completed in two months, but due to an unanticipated student demand SilverStripe had to seek for Google to increase the funding - students were paid by completed task. In the end, about 180 tasks were completed, three times the initial expectation.
The contest took the number of SilverStripe themes from two to several dozen, with Polish contestant Wojtej Szkutnik responsible for 14 themes alone. A New Zealander and Californian produced a similar quantity of work to Wojtek, with the three doing the most work out the almost 400 students involved in the overall contest.
Dozens of new widgets, language translations, developer community awareness presentations, quality assurance, and other challenges were also completed.
In the next week the organisation will announce the overall contest winner.