The Linux Foundation provides both financial resources (such as grants) and non-financial resources (such as free booths at events) to a variety of organizations which are committed to improving access to technology for under-served groups. The Linux Foundation also provides scholarships and free training directly to individuals.
We firmly believe the power of collaboration is heightened when many different perspectives are included, so these efforts benefit the community, not just those who participate.
Featured Organizations That The Linux Foundation Supports
The Linux Foundation and Goodwill Industries have developed a program called “Extended Learning Linux Foundation Scholarship Program,” which will increase access to Linux and open source training certification to underserved communities.
Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high-school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.
Blacks In Technology is a professional platform for PoC in technology. BIT serves to increase the visibility and participation of PoC in tech through community, media, mentorship, and stewardship.
Kids on Computers is a nonprofit organization comprised of a group of volunteers setting up computer labs in areas where kids don’t have access to technology. Kids on Computers brings computers and free and open source software to disadvantaged kids.
TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. TransTech members provide graphic design, web development, social media management, multimedia production, and many more services. Any time someone hires a member at TransTech they are directly empowering LGBTQ talent financially through direct employment and career-building experiences. At TransTech, they learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ communities.
TECHNOLOchicas is a collaborative project of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation, designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology.
Free Geek is a nonprofit organization started in Portland, Oregon in 2000. Free Geek has two central goals: To reuse or recycle used computer equipment that might otherwise become hazardous waste, and to make computer technology more accessible to those who lack financial means or technical knowledge.
AllStar Code is a nonprofit initiative that prepares qualified young men of color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science. We are dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men of color and the tech industry.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development.
Kramden Institute collects, refurbishes, and awards computers to students and families without a computer in their home. They inspire students to succeed by teaching them critical computer, software, and internet skills. They recycle and reuse donated computers and parts, extending their lives and reducing e-waste.
Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. They provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year, and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations. Many of The Linux Foundation's projects also have sponsored interns through this outreach program.
FOSS Outreach Program for Women Women who have participated as interns in this program have worked closely with their mentors to submit code, have spoken at our LinuxCon events, and many continue their work on the kernel. For kernel version 3.11, FOSS Outreach Program for Women interns accounted for 1.5% of the code submitted to the kernel. There were 24 new women developers to the kernel as a result of this program.
Women in Big Data initiative is a grassroots community to inspire, connect, grow and champion success of women in big data by making awareness and providing training, networking and mentorship to advance women’s career in big data field.
Women Who Code (WWCode) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help 100,000 young women and men from low-opportunity backgrounds find success in the tech sector.
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.