[FSFE PR][EN] Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: Coding Competition for teenagers about to start

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Tue Sep 28 07:04:48 UTC 2021

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

[ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2021/news-20210928-01.en.html ]

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.

- Participants must be 14-18 years old and should register at yh4f.org

- The opening event will be hosted on 10 October 2021.

- Registration will be open until *31 October 2021*.

- Six winners will be awarded cash prizes (2 x 4.096€, 2 x 2.048€, 2 x
  1.024€) and a trip to Brussels.

- The competition will take place online. The Award Ceremony will be in

Graphic by Lisa Schmidt [2], CC-BY-SA 4.0 [3]

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 [4].

 === 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 [5] 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 [6], CC-BY-SA 4.0 [7]

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

At the website yh4f.org [8] you can find all related information, such
as the process, the eligibility criteria, and FAQs [9]. You can also use
the illustrations in our dedicated media package [10] when sharing the
news of the competition.

Discuss this [11]

  1: http://yh4f.org/
  2: https://mullana.de/
  3: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
  4: http://yh4f.org/
  5: https://fsfe.org/activities/yh4f/jury.en.html
  6: https://mullana.de/
  7: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/
  8: http://yh4f.org/
  9: https://fsfe.org/activities/yh4f/faq.en.html
 10: https://fsfe.org/activities/yh4f/media.en.html
 11: https://community.fsfe.org/t/744

  == About the Free Software Foundation Europe ==

  Free Software Foundation Europe is a charity that empowers users to
  control technology. Software is deeply involved in all aspects of our
  lives; and it is important that this technology empowers rather than
  restricts us. Free Software gives everybody the rights to use,
  understand, adapt and share software. These rights help support other
  fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

  The FSFE helps individuals and organisations understand how Free
  Software contributes to freedom, transparency and self-determination. We
  enhance users' rights by abolishing barriers to Free Software adoption,
  encourage people to use and develop Free Software, and provide resources
  to enable everyone to further promote Free Software in Europe.


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