Nominations for the Award for Projects of Social Benefit

  • Posted on: 11 October 2016
  • By: zakkai

This award is presented to a project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life. Nominations for this award and the Award for the Advancement of Free Software will be accepted until Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 23:59 UTC.

This award stresses the use of free software in the service of humanity. The award recognizes projects or teams that encourage people to cooperate in freedom to accomplish tasks of great social benefit, and those that apply free software ideas and lessons outside the free software community. A long-term commitment to one's project (or the potential for a long-term commitment) is crucial to this end.


  • Only projects and teams are eligible for nomination for this award (not individuals).
  • Projects with a primary goal of promoting or advancing free software are not eligible for this award.
  • To qualify, a project must use free software, produce free documentation, or use the idea of free software as defined in the Free Software Definition. Projects that promote or depend on the use of non-free software are not eligible.
  • Previous winners (full list) are not eligible for nomination, but renomination of other previous nominees is encouraged.
  • Commercial projects are not excluded, but commercial success is not the metric for judging projects.
  • Projects or teams that describe their work as as "open" instead of "free" are eligible nonetheless, provided any software they produce or depend on is in fact free.

If your nomination does not meet these criteria, you may wish to instead submit a nomination for the Award for the Advancement of Free Software, which has distinct eligibility criteria.

Nomination Information

In this field and the next, please include Web addresses for materials which support your nomination and allow the nominating committee to verify eligibility. For example: software, manuals, or writing about the work of the nominated project or team. Limit: 250 words
Limit: 250 words

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