Announcing the 2018 Community Awards winners

Celebrate the 8 year anniversary by voting in our community awards.
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Community awards

Every year, awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories with our readers. These stories reflect how we use open source in our everyday lives, how it helps us build a better future with open technology, and how openness is changing the world.

What we do at would not be possible without community. As we celebrate our 8-year anniversary, it's only appropriate to recognize our community members who are making a difference. To say thank you, we present to you the winners in the following categories for the 2018 Community Awards.

Click on each winners' name to see a collection of their articles.

2018 People's Choice Award

Recognizes the community's favorite contributors from 2017. Selected by the team, then voted on by the community.

Lauri Apple

Lauri Apple

Lauri Apple develops and evangelizes Zalando’s open source efforts. She's also a producer/agile project manager for the company's core search engineering team and co-leads Zalando’s InnerSource initiative. She's a frequent speaker, a member of the Open Organization Ambassadors program, the creator of the Feedmereadmes project and the Awesome List of Leadership and Management, and an active contributor to the Kubernetes community.

Jim Hall

Jim Hall

Jim Hall is an open source software developer and advocate, probably best known as the founder and project coordinator for FreeDOS. Jim is also very active in the usability of open source software, as a mentor for usability testing in GNOME Outreachy, and as an occasional adjunct professor teaching a course on the Usability of Open Source Software. From 2016 to 2017, Jim served as a director on the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. At work, Jim is Chief Information Officer in local government.

Jen Kelchner

Jen Kelchner

Jen Kelchner is the co-founder & CEO of LDR21 and co-creator of dragonfli™, a groundbreaking platform for building, measuring and tracking human agility in the workplace. She advises leaders on organization and culture change based on open organization principles. She is a member of the Open Organization Ambassador team. and her recent contributions include a monthly column, Open Organization definition, Open Organization maturity model, and the Open Organization Workbook.

Jeff Macharyas

Jeff Macharyas

Jeff Macharyas has worked in publishing and graphics for many years. He has been the art director for Quick Printing, The American Spectator, the USO’s OnPatrol, Today’s Campus, and other publications as well as a project manager, editor, writer and circulation manager. He is the Development Writer at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and recently earned his Amateur Radio license: K2JPM.

Chris Short

Chris Short

Chris Short has spent more than two decades in various IT disciplines, from textile manufacturing to dial-up ISPs to DevOps engineer to manager of DevOps to senior DevOps advocate. He has been a proponent of open source solutions throughout his time in the private and public sectors. Chris is a partially disabled US Air Force veteran living with his wife and son in Greater Metro Detroit. Check out his writing and other works at and

2018 Moderator's Choice Award

Recognizes a Community Moderator who has made a big impact. Voted on by the Community Moderators and the editorial team. This year, we have two winners!

VM (Vicky) Brasseur


VM (aka Vicky) has spent most of her 20 years in industry-leading software development departments and teams and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now she's leveraging nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience to advise companies: consulting on open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them.VM is the winner of the 2014 Perl White Camel Award and the 2016 O'Reilly Open Source Award.

Don Watkins


Don Watkins is a self-described educator, education technology specialist, entrepreneur, and open source advocate. He holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology, MSED in Educational Leadership, Linux system administrator, CCNA, virtualization using Virtual Box.

2018 Emerging Contributor Awards

Recognizes new contributors to Selected by the editorial team.

Michael A. Alcorn


Michael Alcorn is a Machine Learning Engineer, Information Retrieval at Red Hat. He is constantly looking for ways to use the latest and greatest machine learning technology to improve search.

Mike Bursell


Mike Bursell has been in and around open source since around 1997, and have been running (GNU) Linux as my main desktop at home and work since then: not always easy. He's a security bod and architect and is currently employed as Chief Security Architect for Red Hat. He has a blog—"Alice, Eve & Bob"—where he writes (sometimes rather parenthetically) about security. He lives in the UK and like single malts.

Aaron Cocker


Aaron Cocker is a BSc Computing student attending university in the UK. He is an aspiring Data Scientist and his favourite language is Python.

Mario Corchero


Mario Corchero is a Senior Software Developer at Bloomberg, where he uses Python and C++ to write small reusable services to automate the generation of news and manage the infrastructure around News Search.

Adam Hyde


Adam Hyde is a Shuttleworth Fellow and co-founder of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation; previously founder of FLOSS Manuals, Booktype, and Book Sprints.

Ian Kluft


Ian Kluft has had parallel interests since grade school in computing and flight. He was coding on Unix before there was Linux, and started on Linux 6 months after the kernel was posted. He has a masters degree in Computer Science and is a CSSLP (Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional). On the side he's a pilot and a certified flight instructor. As a licensed ham radio operator for over 25 years, experimentation with electronics has evolved in recent years to include the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. When outdoors he enjoys bicycling, hiking and photography.

Jay LaCroix


Jay LaCroix is a technologist from Michigan, with a focus on Linux and open source software. Using Linux since 2002, Jay has been a die-hard fan ever since. He is currently a Cloud Systems Engineer and freelance consultant and enjoys training and empowering others to use Linux and to make the most of this amazing software. In his free time, Jay is an author of books such as Linux Mint Essentials, Mastering Linux Network Administration and most recently, Mastering Ubuntu Server. In addition, Jay creates instructional Linux videos at

Andrew Lekashman


Andrew Lekashman serves as the business head for Input Club, a product development lab that invents Open Source keyboard technology.

Catherine Louis


Catherine Louis is a Certified Scrum TrainerTM, independent Agile coach, founder of,, and founding member of Tech Ladies®.

Charity Majors


Charity Majors is an engineer and co-founder/CEO of Honeycomb, a nextgen tool for helping software engineers understand their containers / schedulers / microservicified distributed systems and polyglot persistence layers.

Tom McLaughlin


Tom McLaughlin is an Engineering Advocate at Threat Stack; he uses his experience in cloud infrastructure / security to solve problems and provide insight into solutions. He loves finding new and interesting ways of safely and securely automating infrastructure. Not at work, he is a proud cat dad to two calicoes and enjoys drag racing and sailing.

Conor O'Callaghan


Conor O'Callaghan is a systems administrator by trade, with a keen interest in open source software, security and general hackery, when time allows :]. That's why he's decided to write some articles and share what he's done with some open source software and mostly cheap components. He is based in the UK at the moment and a big fan of Irish [bogearraí agus gach rud as Gaeilge]. He uses Fedora 26 on his laptop and is a lover of all things open source.

Angela Robertson


Angela Robertson works as a senior manager at Microsoft. She works with an amazing team of people passionate about community contributions and engaged in open organizations. Before joining Microsoft, Angela worked at Red Hat and IBM.

Jonas Rosland


Jonas Rosland is a community builder, open source advocate, blogger and speaker at many open source focused events. As Open Source Community Manager at {code}, he is responsible for the growth and prosperity of the {code} Community.

Josh Wulf


Josh Wulf is a Legendary Recruiter at Just Digital People; a Red Hat alumnus; a CoderDojo mentor; a founder of; the producer of The JDP Internship—The World's #1 Software Development Reality Show; a contributor to MCT1 the "Minecraft for Type 1 Diabetes" Project; the host of The Best Tech Podcast in the World; and a father. All inside a commitment to empowering Queensland's Silicon Economy.

2018 Reader's Choice Awards

Recognizes reader's favorite articles from 2017. Voted on by readers.

Christopher Aedo


Christopher Aedo has been working with and contributing to open source software since his college days. Most recently he can be found leading an amazing team of upstream developers at IBM who are also developer advocates. When he’s not at work or speaking at a conference, he’s probably using a RaspberryPi to brew and ferment a tasty homebrew in Portland OR.

Article: Brewing beer with Linux, Python, and Raspberry Pi

Ben Nuttall


Ben Nuttall is the Raspberry Pi Community Manager. In addition to his work for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, he's into free software, maths, kayaking, GitHub, Adventure Time, and Futurama.

Article: 5 projects for Raspberry Pi at home

Amjith Ramanujam


Amjith Ramanujam is the creator of pgcli and mycli. People think they're pretty cool and he doesn't disagree.He likes programming in Python, Javascript and C. He likes to write simple, understandable code, sometimes he even succeeds.

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Rosemary Wang


Rosemary Wang is a developer, engineer, and enthusiast of cloud computing and infrastructure automation. She bridges the technical and cultural barrier between infrastructure engineers and application developers. Whether it be helping an infrastructure engineer learn to code or an application developer troubleshoot infrastructure failures, she has a fascination for solving intractable problems with code. She interfaces with vendors, clients, startups, and open source projects to find creative software solutions for platforms. When Rosemary is not investigating code, she valiantly attempts to hack stacks of various infrastructures systems on her laptop.

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2018 Awesome Article Awards

Recognizes authors who wrote a highly popular-with-readers article in 2017. Selected by the team.

David Both

David Both

David Both is a Linux and open source advocate who resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been in the IT industry for over forty years and taught OS/2 for IBM where he worked for over 20 years. David has written articles for OS/2 Magazine, Linux Magazine, Linux Journal and

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Anna Filina


Anna Filina is a web developer, project rescue expert, Pluralsight author, speaker and conference organizer. She enjoys realizing seemingly impossible things. She has been coding since 1997.

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Michael Foord


Michael Foord has been a Python developer since 2002, spending several years working with C# and Go along the way. Michael is the author of IronPython in Action for Manning Publications, a core Python developer and the creator of the “mock” testing library for Python, now in the standard library as “unittest.mock”. Michael currently works for Red Hat, on the Ansible Tower team, as a principal automation engineer.

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A. Jesse


A. Jesse is a staff engineer at MongoDB in New York City. He wrote Motor, the async MongoDB Python driver, and is the lead developer of the MongoDB C Driver. He contributes to PyMongo, asyncio, Python, and Tornado. He studies at the International Center for Photography and practices at the Village Zendo.

Article: Grok the GIL: How to write fast and thread-safe Python

Mark Krake


Mark Krake is a Requirements Engineer and Software Developer, co-founder of metasfresh, Open Source ERP, Community Member of ADempiere ERP, and Founder Member of the ADempiere Foundation.

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Mitchell McLaughlin


Mitchell McLaughlin is an open source developer and open-web contributor. With a background in computer science and finance, he has previously held roles at companies such as Oracle and GoPro. He is now actively involved in the bitcoin space full-time. Mitch is also an avid reader of and has been for many years now.

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Tim Nugent


Tim Nugent pretends to be a mobile app developer, game designer, and PhD student, and now he’s recently branched into pretending to be an author. (He co-wrote the latest versions of Learning Cocoa with Objective-C, Swift Development with Cocoa, Learning Swift, and the Kerbal Space Program Players Guide for O’Reilly.) When he isn’t busy avoiding being found out as a fraud, Tim spends most of his time designing and creating little apps and games he won’t let anyone see. He also spent a disproportionately long time writing this tiny little bio, most of which was taken up trying to stick a witty sci-fi reference in... before he simply gave up.

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Chris Saunders


 Chris Saunders is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Red Hat Canada. He's been working in technology for his entire career, but mainly as a consumer of enterprise technologies. Since his move to the vendor side of the IT community, he's been focused on helping my customers understand products in the context of their business. He's passionate about enlightening the IT knowledge workers to prepare for the major changes ahead in enterprise IT.

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Thanks to everyone who voted and please join me in congratulating all of the award winners.

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Jason Hibbets is a Community Director at Red Hat with the Digital Communities team. He works with the Enable Architect, Enable Sysadmin, Enterprisers Project, and community publications.

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