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GNOME Launches Community Engagement Challenge With $65,000 In Cash Prizes


GNOME Foundation, in association with Endless, has launched the inaugural Community Engagement Challenge, a three-phase competition to encourage open-source coders.

Designed to generate stimulating ideas, the Challenge will help connect the next generation of coders to the FOSS community and keep them active and engaged for years to come.

Key highlights of the challenge:

  • Entries are now being accepted for the Challenge. Up to $65,000 in cash prizes are available to the individuals or teams with the best entries.
  • The Challenge will ask entrants to devise creative ways to promote open-source software to coders typically in high school and college.
  • The first phase of the Challenge asks entrants to submit a written proposal for their concept no later than July 1, 2020. Twenty entries will be chosen to move to the next round and receive $1000 each.
  • The second phase of the Challenge will require proof of concept, with four entries receiving $5000 and moving onto the final round.
  • The final round will call for a deliverable end product, with the winner receiving $15,000 and the second-place finisher receiving $10,000.
  • The Foundation will announce the winner of the final round in the spring of 2021.

“Through the Challenge we hope to reach a diverse audience, to encourage beginning coders to get involved with the FOSS community to help ensure that free software is available long into the future,” said Neil McGovern, GNOME Foundation Executive Director. “What better way to do that than to reach out to the community itself to come up with creative ways to inspire the next generation?”

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