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Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: Coding Competition for teenagers about to start

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The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a charity that empowers users to control technology. To inspire the younger generation to software freedom, the FSFE is organising the coding competition ‘Youth Hacking 4 Freedom' (YH4F), where teenagers from all around Europe have the chance to compete in a fair and fun way. The winners receive a cash prize and a trip to Brussels with other young hackers.

Graphic by Lisa Schmidt, CC-BY-SA 4.0

The YH4F competition includes an online opening day to welcome everyone on board, in a kick-off event on Sunday 10 October, 5pm CEST. The FSFE will present the competition and answer questions. Please find more information on how to join at yh4f.org.

Coding

On Monday 1 November 2021, a five-month coding phase starts and the participants focus on coding until March 2022. Participants may bring all their imagination to the competition; they may code any type of software they want, as long as it is Free Software. The software project can be a stand-alone program written from scratch, or you can modify or combine existing programs. Everything is welcome! The participants will have the chance to briefly follow each other’s work and exchange ideas.

Evaluation

After the participants submit their programs, an evaluation phase is carried out by Free Software experts. Our jury members excel in software development; among them are Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, and Claudia Müller-Birn, Professor for Human-Centered Computing at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Awards

The winners will be invited to receive their awards during a trip to Brussels in June 2022. The 2-day trip includes the Award Ceremony and social activities where the winners will have the chance to get to know each other better.

Graphic by Lisa Schmidt, CC-BY-SA 4.0

We are dedicated to offering an inclusive environment in the YH4F, and we would like to encourage people of all genders to join! We will make sure that everyone will enjoy the process and will leave this competition with added knowledge and a smile. The YH4F is made possible thanks to the kind support of Reinhard Wiesemann, Linuxhotel, and Vielrespektzentrum.

At the website yh4f.org you can find all related information, such as the process, the eligibility criteria, and FAQs. You can also use the illustrations in our dedicated media package when sharing the news of the competition.