Time ticking on Open Source Awards

Entries close on Wednesday

Time is running out to enter the 2010 NZ Open Source Awards, aimed at formally recognising Kiwi talent in open-source development and advocacy. Entries close this Wednesday.

The contest is organised by open-source software house Catalyst IT and awards will be handed out at a “gala ceremony” in Wellington on November 9, the organisers say.

The previous NZ Open Source Awards, in 2008, attracted 130 nominations with 32 finalists and 10 winners.

Perhaps just as important, the 2008 awards function drew over 200 of New Zealand's leading business people, government representatives, creative people and open source community contributors and advocates, offering an opportunity for new contacts and collaborative efforts to form, further encouraging open source software development and use.

This year there are eight categories, including a new award for use of open source in the arts, testimony to the evolving roles of open source software. Catalyst IT director Don Christie says: “we wanted to keep the awards current, and there has been a surge in the use of open source and free software and tools in an array of arts in the last two years.”

Also new this year is a People’s Choice award; independently of the other categories, the whole open source community, and anyone else who is interested, can vote for people and projects they think are worthy of an award. This community contribution reflects the philosophy of open source, Christie says.

Other Awards categories are: Open source in government, in business and in education; best open source project, individual open source contributor and open source advocate.

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