As 2013 comes to a close, I'd like to once again thank each and every one of you who have done your part to improve our community through valued participation and contribution. I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but it's absolutely true that Liferay would not enjoy the success it has enjoyed nor be anywhere close to the same level of worldwide usefulness if it wasn't for our open source community.
One of the things I strongly believe in is recognizing those that give back, especially those that do so more than others. I believe peer recognition of achievements is of great value to the entire community, not just to those that receive it. So, as we close out this year, I'd like to once again recognize those individuals and companies that contributed more than most to our community over the last year, and hope that by doing so it not only encourages them to continue to give value to the community, but also sets a good example for others to follow in the future!
This year, Liferay re-branded all of the awards as Liferay Pulse Awards, and so what follows is a list and description of the community awards I was honored to be able to reveal and present at a few of the Liferay Conferences that took place this year. So.. on with the show!
Liferay Pulse Award: Community Contributor of the Year
This award is given to individuals (not employed by Liferay or its partners) that volunteer their time and effort to make Liferay and its community better. This year, extra marks were given for well-rounded participation and contribution in different areas, as well as for value given through non-liferay.com venues (e.g. personal blogs, stackoverflow.com, and others).
In no particular order, I present to you our Liferay Community Contributors of the Year for 2013!
Aniceto P. Madrid
Aniceto Pérez y Madrid is CEO and founder of Innovasoft Proyectos y Servicios, based in Madrid, Spain. Aniceto actively contributed to Liferay in Community Verifier and other programs, and is involved with the Liferay developer community and participates in the Liferay Forums.
Based in Germany, David's main contributions have been in Liferay core technology, and he's done a great job in BugSquad, finding and/or fixing almost 40 non-trivial fixes and improvements for Liferay projects. David is a regular IRC user and regularly visits the #liferay IRC channel to discuss bugs, features etc., get some help, and give some help back to other users.
If you see these folks in our community, be sure to congratulate them on a job very well done this year!
Liferay Pulse Award: Community Excellence
The Community Excellence award is given to those worldwide companies in our Liferay Partner community who demonstrate a unique and valuable dedication to our open source community. Companies here have spent their own time and resources to make our community better, which of course benefits everyone, so we recognize them here and thank them for their dedication to growing Liferay and its community.
EmDev continued their unique track record this year with a team of highly dedicated and smart community members that were active on our Russian and English forums, and were one of the first to contribute to the Liferay Marketplace (and was a runner-up in the Marketplace App Contest), along with ensuring that the Liferay Portal Russian translation was 100% complete and of super-high quality.
Cignex Datamatics (Worldwide)
Savoir-faire Linux (Canada)
SMC Treviso (Italy)
Dunn Solutions (USA)
Rookies of the Year
The final two awards went to relative newcomers to the partner ecosystem in the last year, and are quickly building their community chops by volunteering their time and energy to give back to the community in various ways. We want to welcome them and recognize their achievements using this award and hope they continue to build on their work done this year in the months and years to come, and set a great example of how our community can grow through consistent and quality participation and contribution.
Solea Solutions (USA)
Please join me in congratulating all of these individual contributors and partners. They, along with the rest of our community, are what make my job so rewarding and what I believe makes Liferay stand out above all as an example of open source and community at its best. Great job everyone! I am very happy to see all the enthusiasm and passion for open source and for Liferay, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in 2014.