The 2011 Open Source Awards was launched on the 1st week of August by Packt, inviting people to submit nominations for their favorite Open Source project. Now in its sixth year, the Awards continue in its aim of encouraging, supporting, recognizing and rewarding all Open Source projects.
The 2011 Awards will feature a prize fund of $24,000 with several new categories introduced and the vote of the public becoming more influential. This year all CMS projects will compete in an even tighter contest in the Open Source CMS Award category with the now defunct Hall of Fame CMS finalists re-entered into the CMS category. Projects such as Drupal and Joomla! will face off with CMS Made Simple and MODx for the first time since 2008.
“We’ve managed to continue to provide new levels of accessibility for Open Source projects, while encouraging a more competitive nature in the contest by increasing the public votes influence. Additionally, we thought it would be a great idea to reward more projects thus we’ve introduced sub-category awards across a number of the categories during the voting stage. We expect the Awards this year to be bigger and better.” said Julian Copes, organizer of this year’s Awards.
Packt has opened up nominations for people to submit their favorite Open Source projects for each category at www.PacktPub.com/open-source-awards-home . The top five in each category will go through to the final, which begins mid-September. For more information on the categories, read Packt’s recent announcement: www.packtpub.com/blog/2011-open-source-awards-announcement
Having bought books from them before, I’m very happy to support their initiative and invite the readers to not only participate of this event but check out their books and EBooks as well!