Nominations open for global award to recognise projects promoting FLOSS

MONTREAL, Canada, Mar 26

Chris Nicol. Photo: APCChris Nicol. Photo: APCNote: Deadline has been extended to 8 May.

The APC Chris Nicol FLOSS Prize recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free/libre and open source software (FLOSS). The prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make FLOSS accessible to ordinary computer users.

The APC FLOSS Prize has been established to honour Chris Nicol, a longtime FLOSS advocate and activist who for many years worked with APC.

Extraordinary initiatives that promote FLOSS are those that:

  • Improve the accessibility to, knowledge of and/or usability of FLOSS
  • Are user-oriented
  • Are documented so that others can learn from and replicate the model
  • Have demonstrable impact and have increased the number of people using FLOSS on a day-to-day basis.

The successful initiative will be awarded a cash prize of USD 4,000 at a reception event in Barcelona, Spain on 6 June 2014. In addition to the global prize, APC will also be recognising exceptional work in FLOSS promotion with a USD 1,500 award to an individual or organisation from within its network.

The prize is open to any person or group anywhere in the world who supports or promotes user-oriented free and open source software. The application form must be completed in either English or Spanish; however, there are no language restrictions regarding the language of the project. Small-scale activities are encouraged to apply.

Nominations for the prize will be collected until 8 May 2014 at midnight UTC. Nominate here.

About Chris Nicol
Chris Nicol, an Australian educator and activist who made Barcelona his home in the early 1980s, was a member of the APC community from the mid-1990s until his untimely death on 29 August 2005. Chris believed that computers and the internet should be used for making the world a better place and that FLOSS was a way in which the communications for social change movement could integrate sustainable and alternative choices in its use and development of tools and technology.

About the Association For Progressive Communications (APC)
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more just world.

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