[OSGeo-Discuss] International Free Software Contest : Developpers can submit their projects until the 1st of october

Frank Warmerdam warmerdam at pobox.com
Thu Jul 12 09:16:57 PDT 2007


I received the following announcement on the OSGeo news_item alias today,
but I'm not sure it is suitable for the OSGeo announce list.  Nevertheless
it might be of interest to some folks here.

The Trophées du Libre are an international competition organised since 2003 by 
Cetril, with the support of partners both public (Europe, the French 
government, the Picardy region, the département of Aisne, Soissons district 
council) and private (IBM, Eyrolles, Solutions Linux, Mandriva) to reward 
innovative free software in a wide range of fields (enterprise management, 
security, scientific software, multimedia, education, public sector).

This year the jury is chaired by Georg C F Greve (President of the Free 
Software Foundation Europe), with Nat Makarevitch (IdealX, linux-france.org, 
Ikarios) as vice-chairman.

Key dates

· Launch of the competition: 30 May 2007 at the LinuxTag in Berlin

· Closing date for submissions: 1 October 2007

· Announcement of shortlist: 1 November 2007

· Results and awards ceremony: Thursday 29 November 2007 in Soissons (FRANCE)

Launched in 2003 under the chairmanship of Richard Stallman, at a time when 
free software had not yet reached the front pages of the generalist IT 
publications, the Trophées du Libre have real legitimacy in the eyes of 
developer communities.

Many free software projects that were rewarded at the Trophées du Libre in 
their initial stages have gone on to great success in their fields. This is the 
case, for example, with the VLC universal video player (Trophées du Libre 
2003), and the NuFW authenticating firewall (Trophées du Libre 2005), which 
continue to win prizes for innovation in other competitions several years later.

Developers, researchers, evangelists, sociologists – the figures making up the 
Trophées du Libre jury come from widely differing backgrounds, but all have in 
common their recognised expertise in the field of free software. Every year, 
the jury is chaired by a symbolic figure in the free software world: the first 
year was led by Richard Stallman, the "spiritual father" of free software, the 
second by David Axmark, co-founder of MySQL AB, and the third by Mark 
Shuttleworth, chairman of the Ubuntu Foundation.

The role of the Trophées du Libre is not just to acknowledge successes in the 
field of free software, but to contribute to these successes: for an emerging 
project, financial support can make a real difference to daily operation. The 
Trophées du Libre competition offers €3000 to the winner in each of the six 
More informations and details on the web site of the contest : 

Best Regards,

Marie-Laure Daïnesi
52, Boulevard Jeanne d'Arc

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