Free Software Awards: Nominate those who inspire you by Nov 21
There's no better way to show a member of the free software community that you appreciate their efforts to cultivate the free software movement than by nominating them to the Free Software Awards. Whether you're a deeply entrenched member of that community yourself or a newcomer to the movement, you can take the time today to show that you appreciate one particular member or project's commitment to the ideals of software freedom. By nominating someone, you send the message that you appreciate their vital work.
Nominate someone today. The deadline for nominations is November 21 at 23:59 EST (04:59 UTC).
Each year, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) presents the Free Software Awards to a select group of individuals and projects as a formal expression of the community's appreciation. These awards are given out at LibrePlanet, our conference for activists, hackers, law professionals, artists, educators, students, policymakers, tinkerers, free software beginners, and anyone fighting against user-abusive antifeatures and bulk government surveillance. With the Free Software Awards, we let these people and projects know that their work is deeply appreciated. It's our way of thanking them for playing a vital role in bringing the movement closer to its goals.
Maybe you've been inspired by the work of a particular member of the free software community, or maybe you've been impressed by the great strides made by a project that incorporates free software into its platform for social change. We invite you to take a moment to acknowledge each of them by nominating them for an award in one of three categories:
- The Award for the Advancement of Free Software;
- The Award for Projects of Social Benefit; or
- The Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor.
Be advised that counting solely on others to nominate the projects who inspire you might lead to your choice not getting nominated. Additionally, the more nominations an organization or person receives, the more it will make an impression on the award committee. Taking initiative and speaking up for the community are important parts of free software advocacy, and we urge you to make your voice heard.
Award for the Advancement of Free Software
The FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software is presented annually to a single individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and advancement of free software through activities that are in accord with the spirit of the community. Previous award winners are listed on the FSF website.
Award for Projects of Social Benefit
The FSF Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to an organization or team responsible for applying the principles of the free software movement to a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life. Previous award winners are listed on the FSF website.
Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor
The Award for Outstanding New Free Software Contributor is presented annually to an individual newcomer to the community who has demonstrated an outstanding dedication to software freedom. The award recipient must have made their first significant free software-related contributions in 2023 and show a pattern of ongoing activity. 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. Previous award winners are listed on the FSF website.
The Free Software Awards are a perfect method for showing that specific free software volunteer or project that you care about their work, and that it inspires you in your own daily journey to freedom. As we look forward to this year's LibrePlanet theme, it's also a small way you can "cultivate community" in the free software sphere. Please take the time to show those special people and projects that you appreciate them by nominating them today.
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