The New Zealand Open Source Awards has received 30 nominations so far, ranging from small to large projects, says Chris Daish, business development manager of Wellington’s Catalyst IT.
Some of the nominated projects are run by a one-man-band, while others are nationwide, says Daish. Open-source business system provider Catalyst IT and the Open Source Society are the driving forces behind the awards.
“[This] is a great way of raising the profile of open source and celebrating some of the success stories,” says Daish. “This is the first [local] open source awards as far as I am aware.
“We’ve had nominations from as far away as Israel, praising a New Zealand project,” he adds.
The event has seven categories: open source ambassador; open source contributor; open source project; open source use in government; in business; in education and for community organisations.
“From our point of view, what is important is the number of people putting their projects forward,” says Daish.
He says that while the New Zealand Open Source Awards might not be an annual event, he hopes there will be enough interest to hold an event every couple of years. Nominations close on August 17.