GHOP stands for Google Highly Open Participation contest. It has started in late November, and will be finished by February. Already, an amazing amount of work has been completed. This project is succeeding at harnessing the power of people under 18 at quickly understanding new, complex things (that take adults years to understand) in less than an hour.
I am not surprised by this. Children and teenagers are smarter than adults, as has been proven time and time again. Google Summer of Code, aimed at college-level students, has not produced nearly as many results as this contest has.
As for the age requirements, they make sense on the upper boundary - the purpose of this contest is to get children into open source from a young age - but the lower boundary? That's just silly. There are some very brilliant 10-12 year olds already involved in Drupal who can't take part in this contest. Why not? The point is to improve open source by getting young people involved in it: who's younger than people 13-18? People 12 and under. Yet they cannot participate, which strikes me as unfair and counter-productive.
Since young people have proved that they've outsmarted adults to the greatest extent possible, why do we continue to deny them the right to vote? Children, although surveys show they have greater support for things like peace, democracy, and freedom than adults, are denied the right to vote on the excuse "They're too young to understand." Excuse me? Um... no. Maybe you're too old to understand, but do we deny the right to vote to 90-year-old right wing conservatives? No. Do we deny the right to vote to 15-year-old left wing liberals? Yes. Is this fair? No. Absolutely not. It is a desperate attempt to hold on to power by the ruling class, an effort that will ultimately fail.