I received the first information about that I become a Grand Prize Winner as an E-mail entitled “Congratulations you are a Google Code-in 2013 Grand Prize Winner with Wikimedia” sent January 13th. The E-mail was comprehensive and it was describing paperwork I have to do before I’ll go. Google was funding the trip not only for me, but also for one of my parents. In next E-mails I received bunch of useful informations – for example, that I’ll have funded 4 nights at Hyatt Regency hotel in San Francisco (what gives one additional day spent at SF since all the events lasted 4 days), I’ll receive an ATM card with $350, etc. Grand Prize Trip lasted from 13th to 16th of April. Google was paying for everything, beginning with airline ticket for almost $1500, ending with $25 Starbucks gift card.
conversation with a cashier in one of Starbucks cafes– What’s your name?
– Mateusz. – she looked at me with questioning glance, so I spelled it – M-A-T-E-U-S-Z. It’s a polish name.
– Oh, that’s a cool name!