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GNOME launches a 'Community Engagement Challenge' with cash prizes

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With an idea to help get beginner coders interested in FOSS, and to help improve coding skills, the GNOME Foundation has teamed up with Endless for a Community Engagement Challenge.

Not gaming news but anything that helps Linux and the FOSS community is important, everything we do is on Linux and expanding the FOSS community is vitally important. Games are built with code obviously, so it's a good fit to mention!

The Community Engagement Challenge is going to run through multiple stages, with the first opening on April 9 for anyone to send in their submissions if you (or your team) think you have a good idea for a project that will engage beginning coders with the free and open-source software ("FOSS") community. You will then have until July 1 to submit a written proposal for your concept. From there, they will pick twenty entries that will move to the next round and each will be given $1,000 each. The next phase requires a proof of concept, with four projects moving into receiving $5,000 to then go into the final round. The last round requires a delivered product with the winner receiving $15,000 and the second place finisher receiving $10,000.

From the press release we got sent:

“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?”

“Our mission at Endless has evolved initially from working with underserved populations in emerging markets and giving them access to important computing tools,” said Matt Dalio, Founder, Endless. “It has now become important to us to help the youth of today shape their technology, rather than be shaped by it. This initiative with The GNOME Foundation is the perfect partnership to further our mission.”

What's interesting is that your project can take on pretty much any form be it a video, a game, software, educational material and so on. As long as it's a good idea and will help people learn to code and stick around in the FOSS community, you can submit it.

The winner will be announced in Spring 2021.

If you're interested and want to know more, head over to the official GNOME Challenge website.

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gabber 8 Apr
QuoteHow well does this entry engage with communities and groups under-represented (e.g, women, non-binary, gender queer, or gender non-conforming) in the FOSS Community?

smh
Tuxee 8 Apr
Quoting: gabber
QuoteHow well does this entry engage with communities and groups under-represented (e.g, women, non-binary, gender queer, or gender non-conforming) in the FOSS Community?

smh

Why? It's one of three "secondary considerations".
gabber 8 Apr
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: gabber
QuoteHow well does this entry engage with communities and groups under-represented (e.g, women, non-binary, gender queer, or gender non-conforming) in the FOSS Community?

smh

Why? It's one of three "secondary considerations".

Because it even is a consideration.

Last I checked I did neither need my genitals nor my sexuality to program. This is a politically motivated power grab and only brings division and drama, not better code. Equality starts when you do not differentiate. Now they have to ask for gender and divide the projects into those categories.

But the fact it's under secondary gives me a bit of hope this cancer will soon die off.
Samsai 8 Apr
Quoting: gabberBecause it even is a consideration.

Last I checked I did neither need my genitals nor my sexuality to program. This is a politically motivated power grab and only brings division and drama, not better code. Equality starts when you do not differentiate. Now they have to ask for gender and divide the projects into those categories.

But the fact it's under secondary gives me a bit of hope this cancer will soon die off.
FOSS projects survive based on the number of motivated and talented developers available. Women represent about 50% of the population but are under-represented in software development. And you believe there is no reason to even wonder why that might be the case or attempt to leverage a new demographic in order to increase the size of the developer pool?

Also, not in a single part of that text you quoted, nor in the context of that quote, is there a demand to "ask for gender". They are showing an interest in entries that engage under-represented communities but if you read the actual text it's not even a strict requirement.

As for division and drama, I rarely hear about Outreachy participants causing drama and division. People in article comments about Outreachy and the like on the other hand...
Quoting: gabber
Quoting: Tuxee
Quoting: gabber
QuoteHow well does this entry engage with communities and groups under-represented (e.g, women, non-binary, gender queer, or gender non-conforming) in the FOSS Community?

smh

Why? It's one of three "secondary considerations".

Because it even is a consideration.

Last I checked I did neither need my genitals nor my sexuality to program. This is a politically motivated power grab and only brings division and drama, not better code. Equality starts when you do not differentiate. Now they have to ask for gender and divide the projects into those categories.

But the fact it's under secondary gives me a bit of hope this cancer will soon die off.
Bloody anti-anti-sexism snowflakes. Waah, waah, waah.
This seems like a cool thing. Kudos to GNOME!
Their desktop environment doesn't mesh with my personal tastes, but that doesn't mean I have to be against them; one of the nice things about open source is good people can pursue different approaches and you can get different good results.
Linas 8 Apr
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QuoteResidents of Brazil and Italy are excluded due to local laws restricting contests.
Wonder what is this all about?
joder666 8 Apr
Quoting: LinasFrom the FAQ:
QuoteResidents of Brazil and Italy are excluded due to local laws restricting contests.
Wonder what is this all about?

Bolsonaro and for Italy i can only speculate, but i'll go with is SARS' fault.


QuoteWomen represent about 50% of the population but are under-represented in software development.

BS, as always. Change under-represented for NOT interested, which right now is also a lie, and we can meet in the middle.
Samsai 8 Apr
Quoting: joder666
QuoteWomen represent about 50% of the population but are under-represented in software development.

BS, as always. Change under-represented for NOT interested, which right now is also a lie, and we can meet in the middle.
Wait, so, you think that 50% of software developers are women? Or that 50% of GNOME community members are women? Literally don't understand your stance but I'm going to assume it's not correct either way. No need for me to meet you in the middle.
Liam Dawe 8 Apr
Quoting: joder666
QuoteWomen represent about 50% of the population but are under-represented in software development.

BS, as always. Change under-represented for NOT interested, which right now is also a lie, and we can meet in the middle.
If you're trying to argue that women aren't interested, you have a very tiny world view. There's reasons why special groups exist, to bring more women (and other groups) into software development because it's historically been VERY male centered and quite hostile. It's a really bad take.

That's not something that needs debating either, stop it, you look stupid. That's to you and anyone else choosing to focus on such stupidness.


Last edited by Liam Dawe on 8 April 2020 at 9:24 pm UTC
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