Packt will be launching its annual Open Source Awards in 2011 and once again we have worked to make the Awards bigger and better. Staying true to Packt’s values for the Awards of encouraging, supporting, recognizing and rewarding Open Source projects, we’ve introduced and altered categories to allow a greater scope of projects to take part.
We have given a lot of thought to the changes we intend to put in place, and we feel this will enable Packt to further its support for projects both new and old.
So what are the changes?
Firstly, I would like to assure you all that there will not be a huge change and the 2011 Open Source Awards will be ran in similar way to previous awards. The Open Source CMS Award will continue to be a mainstay, where, CMSes contest to be named the best in the field. This year we expect an even tighter contest with the former nominees featured in the now defunct Hall of Fame CMS category entered in the Open Source CMS Award for a fight to the finish. We hope that members of the Open Source community provide their support and help in deciding the winner as all CMSes have grown substantially in the past 12 months.
The Most Promising Open Source Project Award returns and this year will continue to be open for all eligible Open Source projects to enter. This category will be for all Open Source projects, whose first release date is less than two years from 1st August, 2011.
For the 2011 Open Source Awards, we will be introducing three new categories.
The Open Source Business Applications Award is a new category that will replace the Open Source E-Commerce Applications category from the 2010 Awards. This category will be reserved for the type of Open Source web applications designed to support and help a company reach its commercial goals. This includes E-Commerce systems, ERP systems and CRM systems. Packt will be awarding the business application that serves the Open Source community with the help of a panel of industry judges and supplemented by the public vote from the Open Source community.
The Open Source Multimedia Software Award is a new category that will replace the Open Source Graphics Software category from the 2010 Awards. This category is reserved for all Open Source software that is used for various ranges of multimedia, from audio editors/management to graphics and video editing software. The judges for this award will be well-respected software authorities from a range of Open Source multimedia related backgrounds and will have a huge passion for multimedia software.
Last but not least, the new Open Source Mobile Toolkit and Libraries Award is a new category that is reserved for Open Source software that assist the development of applications for Mobile devices. The judges for this award will be well-respected software authorities from Mobile Application development backgrounds and will have a huge passion for Mobile development.
I believe that these categories allow Packt to recognize and reward Open Source projects across the board. Through the Most Promising Open Source Project Award, we will continue to encourage new projects to grow and receive support through generous prize funds that can make a real difference for nascent projects to reach higher plateaus.
As you may know, Packt specializes in publishing books that share the experiences of fellow IT professionals, however we also like to play our part in the growth of Open Source software and see the annual Award as the ultimate platform for not only appreciating the great things projects have given back to the community but also supporting projects who have future potential to change things for the better. As usual we’re very open to feedback and if you have any, we’d love to hear from you.
The first step in the 2011 Open Source Awards is the public vote for nominees which begins on 1st August 2011. Packt is interested in who you think should be the finalists selected for each of the categories and is looking for nominees that will battle it out to be named the winner. As usual we’re very open to feedback and if you have any, we’d love to hear from you.
For more information on the prize fund and the 2011 Open Source Awards Rules, visit the Open Source Awards home page.