Youth Hacking 4 Freedom
If you like coding, tinkering, having fun with software and if you are up for a challenge, we have something exciting for you: "Youth Hacking 4 Freedom" (YH4F), the FSFE's hacking competition for young people from Europe! On top you can up to €4096 and a trip to Brussels for the award ceremony!
Join Youth Hacking 4 Freedom 2024
Are you up for hacking on a software project of your choice? Do you want to meet like-minded people of your age from around Europe? What about getting the chance to receive one of our cash awards and to travel to Brussels to meet the other winners and great people from the Free Software movement? Then join the YH4F competition! The third round will start on the 1st of January 2024 and registration is now open. Be part of this year's YH4F!
We have an international jury, with luminaries from various software fields, accompanying you throughout the contest.
We are dedicated to offering an inclusive environment in the YH4F, and we would like to encourage teenagers of all genders to join! We will make sure everyone enjoys the process and leaves this competition with added knowledge and a smile.
Register for Youth Hacking 4 Freedom 2024!Register
Decide yourself what you code
There is no set challenge or topic for the software you should develop. Embrace your imagination and create what is the most interesting to you. It can address an everyday problem you have, or it can be just fun. It can be a standalone program that you write from scratch, or you can modify and combine existing programs. The possibilities are endless. A vital condition for the competition is that the program should be Free Software, so that others can use, study, share, and improve the code in the future. Do not worry, if you do not have an idea yet! We will be there and help you to come up with an idea. Or you have the chance to meet other participants and to join their team.
Take the time you need
During the coding period you have the chance to develop your project idea and work on the code or hardware. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet other participants from across Europe in our monthly calls. Late registration is possible but their will be no extension of the coding period. If you are not yet sure if you want to join, feel free to also drop by at our monthly calls and meet us and other participants. Make sure to register in order to get updates for the calls.
Present your program to top experts
Your software project will be in good hands, as it will be evaluated by Free Software experts. Our jury members excel in software development and are deeply involved in the Free Software movement. At the same time, they are excellent people to work with. After you submit your program, you will have the chance to present it to them, as part of your evaluation. This is a nice opportunity for you to discuss your idea and your achievement with experienced people in the field.
Do you have more questions before registering?Frequently Asked Questions
Awesome awards and experiences await
Based on the jury’s grades, the winners will be determined and announced. The first six places will be awarded cash between 4.096€ and 1.024€ each. The Award Ceremony of YH4F takes place in Brussels on one of the October weekends. All the winners will be invited there with covered costs. The Award Ceremony will have top speakers in the field of Free Software and it will be a time of celebration. You made it! Your hard work paid off. Now you can enjoy 2 educative and exciting days in Brussels and socialise with fellow winners.
While the second round of the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom contest has ended, the journey of this years six winners has just begun. We are truly amazed and cannot wait to learn about their future projects. Meet Davide, Marlon, Matthias, Marius, Simon and Oriol. You can find out more about the six inspiring projects here.
In 2022 it was the first time that the YH4F took place. We had the pleasure to receive many interesting and inspired projects from all around Europe. The six winning projects.
"This contest for me is a real wonder. I think that giving young people the opportunity to show others what they have thought, created and suffered doing is very nice. I have been very comfortable throughout the process, the mentors have been very kind and understood all the effort."Miquel, creator of the Smart Table Assistant. Interview with participants.
If you are interested in supporting the Youth Hacking 4 Freedom contest financially, you can become one of our esteemed sponsors. For this please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And of course we are always happy to receive donations ♥.
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