Apply to be a Green Software Champion

Hello! Thank you for your interest in becoming a Green Software Champion.

The Green Software Champions project showcases the amazing work of our community. Our directory features amazing speakers, writers, organizers, mentors & contributors around the world who are leading the way in decarbonizing software.

Could you be a Champion?

If you are an active practitioner in the green tech and software sustainability community, and  are advocating for practices to ensure a future where software has zero harmful effects on the environment, you might be a Green Software Champion.

We’re looking for community builders, thought leaders and technical experts who are passionate about inspiring, educating and mobilizing individuals & organizations towards the decarbonization of software and the wider IT industry.

A Green Software Champion is a software practitioner who has made at least two relevant contributions to Green Software in the past year and at least one in the past 6 months. This is a minimum requirement, with exceptions for those taking a leave of absence.

The more activity contributions the Champion adds to the Directory, the greater the chance of being added and renewed in the Directory. The final decision will be taken by the GSF.

The Working Groups and Projects of the GSF frequently review all activities and profiles to ensure our Champions Directory represents the best of the community.

In 2024 we will start assessing our most prolific and celebrated Champions with the new “Expert” status. In order to be considered, keep adding contributions to your Champions profile.

Application Process

To apply to become a Green Software Champion, please follow these steps:

  1. Fill out the form here with your personal and professional information. This will help us to create your profile on the Champions site, where you can showcase your contributions and connect with other Champions. Find out more about the requirements.

  1. Submit your first activity to Green Software by clicking on the button at the bottom of the profile form. An activity can be any of the following: speaking, organizing, writing, mentoring, open source contributions, or contributions to GSF groups or projects. You can provide a link or a description of your activity, or even a video. Every activity must be linked to a Green Software Foundation project or working group, though you don’t have to be part of that project or group.

 

Unsure which project to link to? Here’s some examples:

  1. For general awareness work such as a talk on the basics of Green Software, we recommend linking your activity to the Community Working Group.

  2. If you’re doing a talk or writing an article about Measurement, link your activity to a project in that space such as SCI or Impact Framework, or to the Standards Working Group.

  3. If you’re referencing an Open Source project which isn’t listed, use the Open Source Working Group.

 

  1. Wait for our review and approval of your application. We will verify your information and activity, and contact you by email within two weeks. If your application is approved, you will become a Green Software Champion and receive a welcome email with instructions on how to access and update your profile on the Champions site.

 

Each activity is reviewed by the Chair or Leads of that Working Group or Project. This is to ensure all WGs and Projects are connected with the work of the community and accurately presented.

Champion status is not related to organizational membership of the GSF or Linux Foundation. There is a lot of competition for Champion status. If you are not accepted this time, we’ll do our best to explain the reasons why.


Time to apply!

 

Ready to apply? The link to apply is https://grnsft.org/champions/new. You’ll need to provide the following information about yourself, and then submit your first activity. This will take 10-15 minutes, so grab a tea or coffee (or another drink of your choice!).

Profile Fields

  • GitHub Handle: You’ll need this to interact with the GSF, whether as a member or an individual.

  • Name: Your full name as you want it to appear on your profile.

  • Email: The email address that you use for communication with the Green Software Foundation. This info is not publicly shared.

  • Role: The role or job title to be displayed on the Champions Site.

  • Organization: The name of the organization, institution or company that you are affiliated with.

  • Languages Spoken: Please provide as comma separated.

  • Pronouns: e.g. she/her, he/him. This is a free-text field and is optional.

  • Home City: This is a free-text field.

  • Home Country: This is a free-text field (but please only include one country).

  • Bio: A short introduction about you, your background, and your interests in Green Software.

  • Photo: A photo of you for display on your profile. It should be a square image of at least 500x500 pixels. Ideally PNG/JPG.

  • Twitter (X) handle: Optional

  • LinkedIn URL: Optional

  • Website URL: For other social media handles such as Mastodon. Optional.

  • Notes for GSF Review: This optional field is not shared on the Champions website, but is used for context.

  • Agreement of GSF Terms and Pricacy Notice: Checkbox - you must agree to join this program.

 

Activity Fields

Now that you’ve added your profile, it’s time to add your first activity. Be sure to add one activity at a time, there will be an opportunity to add more as soon as you’ve submitted your first activity. You need to submit your profile before you can add an activity, but here’s the link in case you’ve already done so.

  • GitHub Handle: So we can link the activity to your profile.

  • Activity Type: A dropdown menu that lets you choose one of the predefined categories for the activity, such as Speaking, Writing, GSF Contribution etc. Select only one.

  • Linked GSF Project: Each activity must be assigned to a project or working group. We use this for project tracking. Select only one - see our tips above if you’re unsure which to choose. If you’re still stuck, select Other.

  • Start Date: A date picker that lets you select the date your activity started.

  • End Date: As above, optional for activities lasting more than 1 day.

  • Activity Title: A brief and catchy title that summarizes the main idea of the activity.

  • Subtitle: An optional field that provides a more detailed description of the activity.

  • Activity Description: A Paragraph that explains what you did, why and how, and what impact or outcome it had on Green Software.

  • Related Event: An optional field that indicates if the activity is related to a specific event, such as a conference, workshop, hackathon, etc.

  • Publication Name: Optional field for the “Writers” activity type. For example, the name of the website or book.

  • Activity URL: A URL showing a link to the talk, article, event or contribution. For GSF/OSS contributions, this can be the repo link.

  • YouTube URL: Optional URL for speaking engagements.


Next Steps…

We wish you the best of luck! As mentioned, it will take a week or two to get you up and running while your application goes through a review. If you have any questions, please drop us an email at champs-team@greensoftware.foundation.

 


If you’re not sure what Green Software is yet, head over to our Learning Portal:

https://learn.greensoftware.foundation

You can even take our course for free, and receive a certificate of completion.