It’s always nice to see that several competitions or tasks try to promote Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) more than ever.

As part of GNOME’s recent efforts through Endless, they announced the launch of the GNOME Community Engagement Challenge.

This community challenge is part of their first Coding Education Challenge announcement, for which Endless made $500,000 available last year.

The three-step challenge is to attract new developers to work with open source software and ultimately create new/unique solutions that will attract more attention from next generation programmers.

This task requires up to $65,000 in cash bonuses. Sounds exciting, huh? Let’s look at some details of the call.

GNOME announces the Community Engagement Challenge offering up to $65,000 in awards.

Why is interaction with the GNOME community a problem?

In their official press release they mentioned their main motivation for this challenge:

With this challenge, we hope to reach a diverse audience and encourage aspiring programmers to join the free software community to help ensure that free software remains available for a long time to come, says Neil McGovern, CEO of the GNOME Foundation. What could be better than reaching out to the community itself and devising creative ways to inspire the next generation?

As Neil said, it is certainly a good idea to reach more people (community) to find creative ways to promote and work on FOSS projects, which will have a significant impact on the open source community.

And, the reward for ideas in the form of a call, it’s easy to get the attention you need.

How the public call works

I quote from the official announcement:

Participants will encourage candidates to develop creative ways to promote open source software for programmers, mostly in high schools and universities. The question of the contribution of an entry was deliberately left open in order to promote new and unique approaches.

So there are no specific restrictions on the type of ideas or projects you can propose and present. However, it is advisable to read the usual conditions to find out more about the rules for submitting applications, eligibility requirements, price details and much more.

Below you will find important information on the three announced phases of the call:

  • In the first phase of the competition, participants are invited to submit their contribution by 1 January at the latest. The Commission will present a written proposal on its approach by July 2020. Twenty participants will be selected to proceed to the next round and receive $1,000 each.
  • In the second phase, the Challenge requires a proof of concept, with four applications receiving $5,000 and reaching the final round.
  • In the final round, the winner receives $15,000 USD and the runner-up $10,000 USD.

They plan to announce the winner of the contest in the spring of 2021.

You can read your FAQ request and the official website for more information before your departure on the 9th day. April with your application. The last registration date is 1. July 2020.

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I think it’s a great opportunity for developers to work with free software projects that will ultimately reward them with a good amount of money while helping the community.

What do you think of the problem of community involvement in GNOME? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments that follow.

GNOME announces the Community Engagement Challenge offering up to $65,000 in awards.

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