An annual tradition of the upcoming O'Reilly MySQL conference is the awards ceremony. Originally the winners of these prestigious awards were nominated and selected by various MySQL AB personnel. 2010 was the first year when the winners were selected by a community panel. This year we are building and expanding on that: This is an invitation for everyone in the community to send in nominations for the awards in the 3 categories named below.
Please send in your suggestions for deserving winners
to: mysql.awards [at] gmail.com
no later than: 23:59 Sunday March 27th (Pacific time)
Include a short explanation of why you think nominee deserves the award (don't assume the members of the panel know what you know). Also disclose your relationship with the nominee. (Such as: I've used X for 5 years / I'm a customer of X / X is my customer / X is my employer / etc)
You can nominate as many candidates as you want in the following categories. (And the panel welcomes as many suggestions as you can think of!)
O'Reilly MySQL Community Contributor of the year 2011
This is a person that has done valuable contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. Often this means either contributing code or insight, but there is no formal definition excluding other contributions.
In this and the other categories anyone active in "the MySQL ecosystem" is eligible. This includes certainly all the various forks, but also adjacent software that is an integral part of the community. (Last year's winners included contributors to XAMPP and Maatkit, for example.)
On the other hand, recognizing that this year's conference also hosts talks about PostgreSQL and NoSQL technologies, we should clarify that these awards are only for contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. These projects sometimes have their own awards in other conferences, so there's no need to feel bad about it.
O'Reilly MySQL Application of the year 2011
This award is given typically to an application that uses MySQL, but could also be a useful utility or other "associated" software. ("Application" naturally counts websites too.)
O'Reilly MySQL Corporate Contributor of the year 2011
This award is given to a company, organization or other non-person that has made valuable contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. This could be by employing developers, donating hardware, cash or something else, basically anything that you think is helpful.
For historical context, there used to be a "Partner of the Year" award handed out to official MySQL AB partners. As a community panel, we naturally cannot hand out such an award, rather this category is intended as a replacement: to award "partners" of the community.
Previous years winners
For your convenience, you can browse through previous years winners from these links:
(...there apparently was no community award the first year?)
The winners will be selected by a panel consisting of the two conference co-chairs and winners of the Community Contributor awards of 2010 and 2009 (2+6 in total), with Henrik Ingo acting as a non-voting secretary. In case of a tie, unclear situation, volcano eruption or other surprises, the co-chairs shall have powers to make final decisions using their best judgement.