HFOSS Project FarmData2 wins GNOME Challenge Phase 1!

The HFOSS team of Grant Braught, Farhan Siddiqui, Michael Skalak, and Allen Tucker has been selected to continue to Phase 2 of the Community Education Challenge! The Challenge is supported by the GNOME Foundation and Endless and has the goal to engage new coders with the FOSS community. The Challenge is hoping to generate inspiring ideas that will appeal to the next generation of open source contributors.

The team is working on FarmData2 which combines two existing projects: FarmData and AnimalData. The project supports general farm management as well as assists in meeting the requirements for organic certification.  A beta version of the back end for FarmData2 has been built on top of the FarmOS FOSS project and in collaboration with the Non-Profit FOSS Institute. Students from Dickinson College have begun engaging with FarmData2 this semester in our required sophomore level course “Tools and Techniques for Software Development” and will expand their engagement next semester in the follow-on course “Large-scale and Open Source Software Development”.  These courses will develop the skills and competencies necessary for H/FOSS participation while also building technical and life-long learning skills. They will take this preparation into our year-long senior capstone where they will engage with and contribute to existing H/FOSS projects “in the wild.”

Congratulations Grant, Farhan, Michael and Allen!!

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