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Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor

by Zoe Kooyman Contributions Published on Mar 24, 2020 04:20 PM
The FSF gives an award to an exceptional newcomer to the free software community every year at the LibrePlanet conference.

The Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor will be presented annually to an individual newcomer to the community who has demonstrated an outstanding dedication to software freedom. The 2020 winner of the award was announced at LibrePlanet 2021. This year's winner will be announced at LibrePlanet 2022. Nominations for this year's award are now closed.

Clarissa Lima Borges Watch the acceptance speech from the first award winner Clarissa Lima Borges at LibrePlanet 2020

The 2020 award was received by Alyssa Rosenzweig, a free software hacker who leads the Panfrost project to reverse engineer and provide free firmware for the Mali series of GPUs. Presenting the award was Richard Stallman, founder of both the Free Software Foundation and the GNU project.

Their contributions may have included things like: empowering the community by organizing local meetups, software development, becoming involved in the strategic or logistical planning of a project, working on documentation, or helping to make improvements in the environment to attract and keep contributors.

Individuals who describe their projects as "open" instead of "free" are eligible nonetheless, provided the software is in fact free/libre.

Title Effective Date
News Item Free Software Awards winners announced: CiviCRM, Bradley Kuhn, and Alyssa Rosenzweig Mar 20, 2021 07:05 PM
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News Item Let's Encrypt, Jim Meyering, and Clarissa Lima Borges receive FSF's 2019 Free Software Awards Mar 14, 2020 08:55 PM
Blog Entry C source code header Free Software Awards: Nominate those who inspire you by November 6th Sep 25, 2019 12:50 PM
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