Youth Hacking 4 Freedom

Daniele "Mte90" Scasciafratte mte90net at
Wed Sep 29 10:35:56 UTC 2021

I am just curious about how many people will join.
I mean I have some doubts about it for the participants age.

As I know in the Italian case at that age is difficult that you know how to develop in something a bit more complex about what they teach at school and also they have no idea what is Git.

Also to give more information for Italian Linux Society we did a survey to our associates and non:

It is in italian but we have the (CSV with all the data and a python script that generates a PDF). Anyway we save that the percentage of people under 35 years is very very low compared to the rest, also that it is in this age to have more devs and contributors compared to 35+ years.

I also had a call with people under 35 years about the troubles that they have on contributing, linux user groups and promotion: (again in Italian)

I am 31 years old so I am interested on this because I think that we have an issue with generational people change in the FOSS, also about the technology interested. As example they are not interested anymore in web development for backend stuff as example but more on frontend or ML stuff.

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Il 28/09/21 10:51, Alexander Sander ha scritto:
> Hi all.
> Today we launched Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: Coding Competition for teenagers
> 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.
> To make this project a success we need your support, to help us reach
> out to young people. Your contribution is valuable to make sure that
> young people from your community and region are taking part and have the
> chance to win an awesome prize and a trip to Brussels.
> YH4F in a nutshell:
> * Participants must be 14-18 years old and should register at YH4F
> website [1].
> * The opening event will be hosted on 10 October 2021.
> * The registration is open until Sunday, 31 October 2021.
> * Six winners will be awarded with cash prizes (2 x 4.096€, 2 x
> 2.048€, 2 x 1.024€) and a trip to Brussels.
> * The competition takes place online. The Award Ceremony is in	Brussels.
> The YH4F competition includes an online opening day to welcome
> everyone on board, in a kick-off event on Sunday 10 October, 5pm CET.
> The FSFE will present the competition and answer open questions.
> Please find more information on how to join at YH4F website [1].
> ## Coding
>  From Monday 1 November 2021, a five-month coding phase starts and the
> participants focus on coding until March 2022. Participants can bring
> in all their imagination to the competition; they can 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 and 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 [2] 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.
> 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.
> If you would like to help young people in your network spot this
> opportunity, please share our call for registration [1] with a post on
> your website, a mention in your Newsletter, or a social media post. In
> YH4F website [1] you can find all related information, such as the
> process, the eligibility criteria, and FAQs [3]. You can also use the
> illustrations in our dedicated media package [4] when sharing the news
> of the competition.
> Let’s make sure that the people in your community who are interested in
> taking part to the competition will have the chance to register! Your
> contribution in sharing the news is greatly appreciated.
> Thank you for your help! We are happy to answer any questions you might
> have.
> Best,
> Alex
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