UK Open Source Awards - a day of celebration and recognition - nominations open

Jonathan Riddell jr at
Tue Mar 26 23:11:55 UTC 2019

The UK Open Source Awards will be a day of celebration of all things
Free and open with software.  Open Source is now essential in how the
world works.  It creates freedom (that’s the Free Software side),
helps education (I only learnt how to program from reading source code
to KDE apps), allows cooperation across industries, gives a
competitive advantage, encourages sharing and reuse, improves security
and builds community.  So it’s worth a day of celebration and

This is the sixth UK Open Source Awards and it takes place in
Edinburgh on Wednesday 12 June 2019.  There will be talks, a panel, a
keynote from Frank Karlitscheck and then the award ceremony.

Nominations are now open for the awards, please consider which people
or organisations based in the UK deserve special recognition.  The
categories are:

Individual Award

A person who has helped improve the world through contributions to
free and open source software


For a commercial business which has created a successful business
while contributing to open source projects, leading open source
projects and spreading freedom and empowerment for users.

Public Sector and Third Sector

For a public sector or charitable organisation which has developed its
software in an open source method or made innovative use of open
source software or opened up data


A university, college, school student or modern apprentice who has
created beautiful and novel software as part of their course
(dissertation, thesis etc) which is licensed as free and open source
software and has curated participation in an open collaborative

This award comes with a bursary of £1,500 which is to be spent on
furthering the recipients education and contributions to open source
for example buying a new laptop or expenses for attending conferences.


For an open source project which has successfully encouraged
contributions from people in under-represented groups, or a
university, organisation or business which has broken the mould in
bringing minorities to participate in open source.

I’m heading a panel of judges with Allison Randal and Dawn Foster and
we’ll be looking for incredible work being done in the name of
freedom, innovation and impressiveness.

Please do come along on the day, it’s free to attend and all are
welcome, I hope to see you there.

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