New Zealand Open Source Awards 2016

by Brooke Penny

Free and open source technology in New Zealand and globally, represents an opportunity to contribute and be recognised on the world stage. It gives you freedom to show leadership in government and the public sector and provide effective tools to be used by community-based organisations as they meet challenges that need to be overcome in 2016 and onwards.

The New Zealand Open Source Awards provide an opportunity for people and organisations to be recognised for work with open source technology. Aside from this, it raises awareness of free and open source technology by telling powerful success stories, based on real life examples, which have made a difference to many.

Catalyst is the main organiser and Platinum sponsor of the New Zealand Open Source Awards.  The 2016 website is up and running and nominations are now open.

The biennial awards are designed to recognise and promote:

- the contributions of New Zealanders to free and open source projects and free and open source philosophy
- exemplary use of free and open source by New Zealand organisations.

Awards are presented for best use of open source in the following categories: Government, Business, Education Social Services and Youth, Arts and Science. There are also awards for Best Project and Best Contributor.  Selected finalists are then entered into the People's Choice Award.

Each nomination is considered by a panel of six judges who bring together a wealth of knowledge and experience in open source software.

If you can think of a nomination you wish to put forward please complete and submit the online application.

Nominations are open until Monday 13 June and winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at Te Marae, Te Papa, Wellington on Tuesday 25 October.