Interview of OSS World Challenge with Sohee Kang

Annual OSS World Challenge gets start in Korea

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In 2007, the Korean government first held the OSS World Challenge in an effort to promote open source software and bring awareness to developers within the country. 

Today, the challenge is open to entries from all over the world: OSS projects that were developed within the last year are eligible.

Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize: $8,000 USD
  • Gold Prize $5,000 USD
  • Silver Prize $3,000 USD
  • Additional prizes from Korean enterprises (see below)

Read more in this interview with Sohee Kang.

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Why is the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea invested in open source software?

 Korea was once a leader in the IT field. When it began to lag behind other countries, especially as open source software grew, the government realized the gravity of the situation and came up with solutions to cultivate more competent open source software developers.

The OSS World Challenge was a way to encourage more participation in the field.

What other countries, organizations, and champions of OSS are involved in the competition?

The OSS World Challenge was limited to Korean entries until 2008. The committee decided to expand the competition to the global level to encourage Koreans to study advanced technologies and to participate in mutual exchanges from all over the world, capitalizing on the international nature of open source software.

Currently, the committee is made up of all Koreans. However, the judges are from the USA, Singapore, Japan, and China. Many professors from leading universities have been encouraging their students to participate in this competition.

How are entries judged?

See the guidelines hereCriteria include:

  • originality
  • completeness
  • appropriateness of coding: consistent, logical style; detailed annotations; high code legibility
  • feasibility of an application: accurate and detailed project plan; descriptive and detailed including analysis of demand, functionality, interface standard
  • independence: not much use of existing open source software, mostly original
  • use of the open source software platform: positive use of other open source software
  • viral nature: high possibility of further development
  • test method: great design of test method and automatic test tool, testable for most functions

Who awards the prizes?

The Minister of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea will award the Grand Prize of $8,000 USD.

The President of the National IT Industry Promotion Agency will award the Gold Prize of $5,000 USD.

The president of the Korea Open Source Software Association wil award the Silver Prize of $3,000 USD.

Additional prizes from a few Korean enterprises include:

  • SK Planet: Mobile application or service based on 'Planet X' which is the open API platform of SK Planet ($6,400 USD)
  • uEngine Solutions: SaaS application based on Open PaaS ($3,600 USD)
  • Software in Life: Open source software based on the designated laaS platform ($3,600 USD)

What projects won last year?

We have had the winners from various countries including Singapore, Sweden, Malaysia, England, Germany, China and Japan since 2009.

The 2012 Grand Prize winner was "OMPL" from Rice University with The Open Motion Planning Library; team members include: Mark Moll, Ryan Luna, Ioan Sucan, Matt Maly, Lydia Kavraki, and Sachin Chitta.

The 2012 Gold Prize winner was STAN from Columbia University with STAN, a C++ library for probability and sampling; team members include: Daniel Lee, Bob Carpenter, Andrew Gelman, Matthew Hoffman, Jiqiang Guo, Wei Wang, Ben Goodrich, and Marcus Brubaker.

The 2012 Silver Prize winner was "DDT" from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne with DDT - Device Driver Tester; team members include: Vitaly Chipounov, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, and George Candea.

About the author

Jen Wike Huger - Jen Wike Huger is the Community Manager for Catch her at the next open source virtual event, or ping her on Twitter. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.