The Calico Challenge is a Palisadoes program that offers stipends to student developers to write software code for various open source software projects. It allows students to publicly show the quality of their work.

Our projects are advanced. A majority of participants are enrolled in university or college Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs.

We will be suspending the 2021 Calico Challenge as we focus our efforts on participating in the Google Summer of Code.

What is Open Source Software?

  • All our funding comes from donations from interested individuals and companies.
  • Employees of many sponsors are often mentors for our students
  • Students work on projects managed by the Palisadoes Foundation itself, not third parties.
  • Many Calico students get hired by our corporate sponsors

Open source software is created through the collaboration of volunteer programmers to make apps that are free for use by all. Popular open source projects include the Chrome and Firefox web browsers, the Android operating system used by 80% of all mobile phones, the freely available LibreOffice and OpenOffice alternatives to Microsoft Office, and many of the free apps available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.