January 24, 2009, 12:04 pm
Contests, at their best, can highlight creative thinking and originality.Â¬â€ In the Linux community, there seems to be an serious overabundance of both.Â¬â€ Four different contests â€šÃ„Ã® all starting this January â€šÃ„Ã® are doing their best to crowdsource and give out significant prizes to the winners.Â¬â€ Vote, participate, or just soak it all in, these contests are great ways to get involved. Â¬â€
For one â€šÃ„Ã® the Linux New Media Awards â€šÃ„Ã® Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m a judge and would love to have your input.Â¬â€ See the categories below and if you have suggestions on who I should vote for, please email me at amanda (at) linux-foundation (dot) org.
The four contests all involve creativity, judges, and significant prizes including a trip to France for one, and a trip to Japan for another.Â¬â€ So, whether you look at these contests as a chance to show off your video skills, go after real prize money, or just a fun way to participate in the big, online discussion that is Linux, thereâ€šÃ„Ã´s room for all.
So, donâ€šÃ„Ã´t sit on the sidelines.Â¬â€ Get involved.Â¬â€ Let the contests begin.
*** â€šÃ„ÃºThink Inside the Boxâ€šÃ„Ã¹ Contest
Ciscoâ€šÃ„Ã´s Application eXtension Platform (AXP) developer contest, termed the â€šÃ„ÃºThink Inside the Boxâ€šÃ„Ã¹ contest, is offering Linux developers $100,000 in cash prizes.Â¬â€ The AXP is a Linux blade server running Linux kernel 2.6 and is compatible with Fedora Linux.Â¬â€ The skills and knowledge of Linux development used in the contest are the same skills used in general Linux application development on servers.Â¬â€ Brian Proffitt of the Linux Developer Network blogged <a href=â€šÃ„Ã¹http://ldn.linuxfoundation.org/article/cisco-developer-contest-brodges-gap-between-networking-developmentâ€šÃ„Ãº>about the details</a> and reasoning behind this contest being sponsored by Cisco.Â¬â€ Hereâ€šÃ„Ã´s the <a href=â€šÃ„Ã¹http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/routers/ps9701/white_paper_c11_459082.htmlâ€šÃ„Ãº>Cisco Application eXtension Platform Overview</a>. And <a href=â€šÃ„Ã¹http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps9701/products_data_sheets_list.htmlâ€šÃ„Ãº>hereâ€šÃ„Ã´s a number of examples</a> of how Linux can be used to run server applications from inside of the Cisco Integrated Services Router (ISR).Â¬â€ There are over 5 million Cisco ISRs currently deployed.Â¬â€ All of these routers can accept the Cisco AXP Linux blade server.
More information can be found on the Cisco Innovation blog <a href=â€šÃ„Ã¹http://blogs.cisco.com/innovationâ€šÃ„Ãº>here</a>.
*** The â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m Linuxâ€šÃ„Ã¹ Video Contest
The idea is simple.Â¬â€ Create a video that explains why Linux is great.Â¬â€ You can parody the â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m a PC, Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m a Macâ€šÃ„Ã¹ ads, you can go serious, you can go crazy.Â¬â€ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s up to you.Â¬â€ The contest opens January 26 and will close at midnight Pacific Time on March 15, 2009.Â¬â€ Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s judged by a panel of open source and advertising professionals.Â¬â€ Judging criteria will be based on originality, clarity of message, and how much it inspires others to use Linux.Â¬â€ The judges will also take into account community votes on The Linux Foundation video site such as number of favourites and starred voting.Â¬â€ The winning video will be unveiled at The Linux Foundationâ€šÃ„Ã´s Collaboration Summit in San Francisco on April 8, 2009.Â¬â€ The winner will receive a free trip to Tokyo, Japan, to participate in The Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium in October 2009. There are already some very cool entries.Â¬â€
Contest rules and guidelines are available here:Â¬â€ http://video.linuxfoundation.org/category/video-category/-linux-foundation-video-contest
*** Linux New Media Awards
The Linux New Media Awards recognize the most significant products, projects, people, and organizations related to Linux during the calendar year, 2008.Â¬â€ Instead of trying to cover all categories each year, they select a few specific topics that â€šÃ„Ãºrepresent the major themes and trends of the past year.â€šÃ„Ã¹Â¬â€ Only products, projects, people and organizations that have been prominent in 2008 will be nominated.Â¬â€ The Linux New Media Awards will be presented during CeBIT Open Source in Hannover, Germany, on March 5, 2009.
As I mentioned above, Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m a judge and would love your input for the categories below.Â¬â€ Please drop me a line with your suggestions at amanda (at) linux-foundation (dot) org
– Outstanding Contribution to Open Source / Linux / Free Software
– Most Linux / Open Source-Friendly Hardware Vendor
– Most Innovative Open Source Project
– Best Open Source Contribution for Mobile Devices
– Best Open Source Programming Language
– Most Significant Contribution for Security in Open Source
*** TrophâˆšÂ©es du Libre 2009 (The Free Software Development Awards 2009 or â€šÃ„ÃºTL09â€šÃ„â‰¥)
TrophâˆšÂ©es du Libre looks for the â€šÃ„Ãºbest existing free softwareâ€šÃ„Ã¹ in seven project categories.Â¬â€ Registration is now open through February 15.Â¬â€ This is the fifth year of the competition, and last year there were over 149 projects from 29 different countries.Â¬â€ The panel of judges is composed of about 30 experts in the open source field including developers, researchers, journalists, business managers, and company owners.Â¬â€ The winner of each category will be presented with $3800 to be put towards funding their project.Â¬â€ Â¬â€
The TrophâˆšÂ©es du Libre 2009 award ceremony will take place in May in France.Â¬â€ For more information: http://www.trophees-du-libre.org