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Software Quality Award, 2021

  • Moscow, Russia
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This is the seventh year of the Software Quality Award. The maximum prize is still the same—$4,096. The rules are still the same. Read on. Previous years are here: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

Here is the form to fill out.

This year we do this competition together with KaiCode, which is an open source initiative to support young and emerging products. We hope that some of our winners will get rewards from KaiCode.



  • One person can submit only one project.

  • Submissions are accepted until September October 1, 2021.

  • I will check the commit history to make sure you’re the main contributor to the project.

  • I reserve the right to reject any submission without explanation.

  • All submissions will be published on this page (including rejected ones).

  • Results will be announced October November 15, 2021 on this page and by email (or maybe a bit later).

  • The best project will receive $4,096 (I may split this amount among a few projects and may give away a smaller amount!).

  • Final decisions will be made by me and are not negotiable (although I may invite other people to help me make the right decision).

  • Winners that received any cash prizes in previous years can’t submit again.

Each project must be:

  • Open source (in GitHub).

  • At least 4,096 lines of code (cloc without any arguments) and at least 16,384 hits-of-code.

  • At least one year old (the age of the first commit).

  • Object-oriented (that’s the only thing I understand).

The best project is selected using this criteria.

What doesn’t matter:

  • Popularity. Even if nobody is using your product, it is still eligible for this award. I don’t care about popularity; quality is the key.

  • Programming language. I believe that any language, used correctly, can be applied to design a high-quality product.

  • Buzz and trends. Even if your project is yet another parser of command line arguments, it’s still eligible for the award. I don’t care about your marketing position; quality is all.

By the way, if you want to sponsor this award and increase the bonus, email me.

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