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World Play Day Competition – Ubuntu Women Project

A pivotal issue within computing cultures of today is the overemphasis on boys and men as the primary consumers of technology. Children learn by example and since the majority of media images consist of boys playing computer type games and girls playing with stereotypical princess type dolls; this contributes to the lack of involvement in science and technology by our young women.

The idea is to allow parents of girls to demonstrate that it really is ok to be intrigued by the shiny screens, blinking lights, tappity-tap of keyboards, and faint whirs of computer fans.

Objective

Take a photo of your girl using Ubuntu/Kubuntu/etc!

Ubuntu Women Project would love to have a collection of examples of young girls (toddlers through to 12 years old) playing with – and loving, and being encouraged to pursue – Ubuntu.

This would allow parents of girls to demonstrate that it really is ok to be intrigued by the shiny screens, blinking lights, tappity-tap of keyboards, and faint whirs of computer fans.

Prizes

Ubuntu Women Project will celebrate World Play Day by announcing the two winners.

The first of whom will be the popular voted Community Choice, and will receive a Dell Mini 10n (or equivalent net-book based on availability).

The second winner chosen by random drawing will receive a Canonical Sponsored Ubuntu SWAG collection that includes: Mouse- pad, Silly putty, Recycled Ubuntu Notepad, Ubuntu pen, Ubuntu lanyard, Ubuntu pack of 3 pin-badges and 1 Organic Circle of Friends Ladies T-shirt.

Rules

  • The girls do not have to be alone in the photos, and photos taken prior to this announcement are eligible.
  • No particular pose is expected, but candid shots are much preferred – they say so much more.
  • Images that come at a large resolution, in a standard format (JPEG, PNG) and not embedded in documents are preferred.
  • By submitting a photo, you acknowledge that it will be posted on the Ubuntu Women Website under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license, with special considerations for use within the Ubuntu Women and Ubuntu project.

How to enter?

Please email your photos (or links to Flickr, etc.) together with the Model Release Waiver form to ubuntuwomen.competition@gmail.com by UTC 23:59 14th of May 2010.