SalesAgility, the organisers of the UK Open Source Awards (http://www.opensourceawards.org) are delighted to announce the winners of the Student, Person and Company Awards at the UK Open Source Awards 2015 Event which was held in Edinburgh last night.
Within the open source software industry, we are very fortunate. Every year, hundreds of thousands of developers work their fingers to the bone to deliver amazing projects, solutions and millions of lines code that are free to view, free to acquire and free to modify and distribute. When it comes to variety, users of open source are definitely not lacking for choices. For this reason, selecting a winner in each of the three award categories was a tough decision.
It was with a great deal of pleasure, after several days of rumination and debate, that the judges were able to make the awards to an outstanding candidate in each category.
The winners were:
Student Award and £1,000 Prize - Jean-Luc Stevens and Philipp Rudiger – for Holoviews - for building complex visualizations. The Award was made for the obvious quality of Holoviews and for Jean-Luc and Philipp's outstanding commitment to their project.
Person/Project Prize - Bill Aylward – of the OpenEyes project – an open source Electronic Patient Records project with contributions from hospitals, institutions, academic departments, companies and individuals. The Award was made for for inspiring work in a field where the social good is hugely important.
Company Prize - Collabora Productivity – for 10 years, Collabora has been delivering Open Source solutions to some of the world's largest electronics companies. Collabora Productivity is one of the largest contributors to the LibreOffice project. The Award was made to recognise the outstanding leadership and commitment over a long period of time by Collabora.
SalesAgility would like to thank the speakers, judges, sponsors, Edinburgh University Informatics Ventures and all the delegates for their commitment, support, and the contribution they made to making the day such a huge success. 180 like-minded people gathered in Edinburgh and networked in a creative community, sharing knowledge and creating new connections and friendships. The energy and good will was palpable.
SalesAgility would especially like to thank Karen Sandler from the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen flew in from New York and gave a talk that was funny, thought provoking and inspiring. The Cyborg Lawyer is welcome to come back to the Open Source Awards whenever she wishes.