Consorcio Interuniversitario de Galicia

Consorcio para o desenvolvemento de aplicacións de xestión universitaria de Galicia

411, End of degree award

Premio ao mellor traballo universitario libre


Release your bachelor's thesis or master's thesis
with free license and participate!

Until October 6


The Prize for the best free university work has as its objective the  promotion and the approach of Galician university students to free software,  increasing the knowledge they have about this type of  technologies and consequently opening the doors to new ones  quality employment opportunities related to the technologies of  information and communication.

Any student in the University System can apply for this award  Galician who has defended his End of Career Project, Work  Degree or University Master’s Thesis, with a grade  minimum of 5.0, in one of the calls of the academic year  2022-2023, which meets the criteria defined in the basis of the award.

Deadline and registration requirements

Students interested in participating in this award must follow the steps outlined in the award rules before the deadline (October 6).

Origin of the award

This award originated in 2007 with the help of the Galician company Igalia, who, upon detecting a significant lack of professionals with a high degree of specialization in this area, decided to do their bit to reduce that shortcoming by launching this award.

Since the 2011-2012 academic year, this award has been part of Amtega’s Free Software Action Plan, for which it has the collaboration and support of the various agents of the Galician free software ecosystem within the global and integrative strategy across all actions of said Action Plan.

Since the 2012-2013 academic year, the Free Software Office of the CIXUG has been in charge of organizing the award, given its integration into the University System of Galicia and its recipients being university students, which allows to increase the approach to students.


The Free Software Office (OSL) of the CIXUG Consortium, in collaboration with the Agency for Technological Modernization of Galicia (AMTEGA) is calling for a new edition of the Prize for the best free university work that will be governed by the following participation rules.


The CIXUG Consortium calls for this prize within the lines of action to improve and enhance the mechanisms of training and dissemination of Free Software in the university community.

The aim of the call for this award is to promote and bring Galician university students closer to free software, so that they can increase their knowledge of this type of technology, and consequently open the doors to new possibilities for quality employment related to technology. of information and communication, since in addition to ethical issues and knowledge sharing related to Free Software, this is a growing area of ​​work.

With this initiative, the OSL of the CIXUG wishes to continue rewarding the work that Galician university students are doing while at the same time highlighting the work they do during their Bachelor’s Thesis or University Master’s Thesis.

Amtega and OSL have thus continued since 2012 the initiative promoted by the company Igalia in previous editions since 2007 with the aim of giving the prize a new boost.


Any student enrolled in one of the engineering or technical engineering degrees, bachelor’s or master’s degrees of the Galician University System, who has presented and defended his Bachelor’s Thesis or Master’s Thesis with a minimum grade of 5.0, can participate in the prize. in one of the calls for the academic year 2022-2023, either ordinary or extraordinary, as long as the project was evaluated before the deadline.

In addition, in order to be able to participate in this award, the work must meet the following requirements:

  • That it is made with a free implementation of any programming language.
  • That the software developed during it has a free license among those recognized as such by the Free Software Foundation or the Open Source Initiative.
  • That the source code of the university thesis is available in a public repository so that it can be downloaded and studied.

Projects that, meeting the prerequisites, are carried out using free hardware can also participate.


The registration period to participate in the award ends on October 6, 2023.

The necessary steps to submit the work for the award are as follows and must be completed before the registration deadline:

  • Fill out the registration form.
  • Deliver a report (maximum 10 pages) explaining the specific aspects of the Free Software and public activity of the project. You can use this script to complete it, and submit it on the registration form itself, or by email before the registration deadline.


The Award for the best free university work will have an initial overall financial endowment of €1,500. In addition, if the jury deems it appropriate, a second prize could also be awarded.

It is planned that this initial financial endowment can be expanded up to a maximum of €750 more, in collaboration with other agents of the free software ecosystem in the university environment; in any case, the overall amount will be distributed in such a way that the amount corresponding to the best Project doubles the amount corresponding to the second prize.

The award may be declared void in the event that none of the presented meets, according to the jury’s opinion, the minimum necessary quality.

Jury and evaluation criteria

The award jury will be composed of:

  • Xunta de Galicia (2 people): Representative of AMTEGA or person delegated to him and Head of the Free Software Coordination Office or person delegated to him.
  • Galician universities (3 people): the directors/deans of the three IT schools/faculties, or the person to whom they delegate.
  • GPUL Association (1 person): President of the GPUL Association or a person delegated to him.

The jury, when making its decision, will take into account the following aspects:

  • Level of public work activity. Continued publication of the work will be valued, either using the mailing lists of an existing project, public source code repositories or any other web media, such as personal blogs; collaboration with other free software projects, community building, etc.
  • Appropriate use of a free license: the correct choice of a free license and its subsequent application to the project code will be assessed.
  • Project quality: design and implementation.

It must be remembered that this award is not just about rewarding a technically good project, but a good free software project.

Resolution of the award

Once the deadline for submitting nominations has ended, the jury will make an initial evaluation of the projects presented, and will be able, based on the number of participants, to make a selection of the finalists who will attend the award ceremony.

The award ceremony will predictably take place during the afternoon of Friday, October 20, where the finalists will have to make a short presentation to the jury of the work done on their project, with special emphasis on the aspects of their project related to Free Software , of the achievements achieved, of the future prospects.

The jury will have the opportunity to ask each of the finalists the questions they deem appropriate after their presentations. Based on this, the jury will deliberate and issue its decision regarding the awarding of the prize.
The jury’s decision will be final. The fact of presenting the nomination for the award implies the express acceptance of these bases.
The place and time of this event will be announced in advance through the e-mail of the participants.

Registration form

In order to participate in the 2023 edition of the Prize for the best free university work, it is necessary to fill in the following form. Optionally, the memory can be sent with the summary of the work presented.

By submitting the registration form, you expressly accept the Rules governing this award.

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