LINGUIST List 27.1630

Thu Apr 07 2016

Summer Schools: Codefest/Spain

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 07-Apr-2016
From: Itziar Gonzalez-Dios <>
Subject: Codefest/Spain
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Host Institution:
Coordinating Institution: Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Dates: 04-Jul-2016 - 08-Jul-2016
Location: Donostia-San Sebastia, Basque Country, Spain

Focus: Codefest summer-lab aims to revitalise resource scarce languages by providing them with effective tools for electronic communication and by teaching their communities how to use them.
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum
Special Qualifications: Previous knowledge will not be required – having a passion for languages and the yearning to work for them will be the only prerequisites.

This one-week long hands-on course will give participants the opportunity to become acquainted with the latest language-based technologies and to develop different apps based on them. Partakers will work in a multidisciplinary coding bee that will team up linguists, software-engineers and students.

Codefest will take place from Monday to Friday and will conclude over the weekend with a Wikipedia edit­a­thon focused on minority languages. All weekend long we will work on Wikipedia articles about Donostia in as many languages as possible.


- Providing resource­ scarce languages with effective everyday tools for electronic communication.
- Bringing small languages to the fore as part of the European linguistic scenery.
- Promoting communal work.
- Connecting international agents.
- Promoting open­ source­ based language technologies and resources.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Tuition: 40 EUR
Financial Aid: Applications accepted until 10-May-2016
The Codefest scholarship is used to support students, minority language speakers and highly motivated people to participate in the two-week summer school. Scholarship application deadline is May 10, 2016, at 11:59pm PDT. This is a very firm deadline, and applications submitted prior to this date will be much appreciated.

Financial Aid Instructions:
The scholarship is in amount of 260 € per person, which covers mandatory registration and housing costs for the full duration of the summer-lab. Please, if you are interested in a scholarship, include a short (less than one page) statement of interest. The statement might describe your personal interests in one or some of the proposed projects, new proposals, etc.

Registration: 07-Apr-2016 to 10-May-2016
Contact Person: Itziar Gonzalez-Dios

Registration Instructions:
Registration to attend Codefest is now open. You can register online and you will receive information about the payment procedure. If you are staying in Donostia – San Sebastian we will also collect information to arrange your accommodation. An application form is available at:

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