The Hippos return!
We are now accepting nominations for the second annual Linden Lab Innovation Awards. Also known as The Hippos, these awards honor open source community members who have had the most significant impact on the Second Life viewer project over the last year. Who are these folks? They are C++ developers who have submitted more than 200 patches that have been incorporated into the main Second Life viewer in the last twelve months. They are people with varied talents and backgrounds who have done an enormous amount of work documenting protocols, triaging bugs and contributing to the development of the viewer in countless ways. Linden Lab thanks all these contributors, and we look forward to honoring the community superheroes who are making the Second Life viewer project a success.
This year, we are honoring open source contributors in five categories. If you’d like to make a nomination, read about the work of current nominees or learn more about the Hippos, then please read on.
HOW IT WORKS
= Nominations =
If you would like to nominate open source community members for a Hippo Award,
* sign in to the JIRA issue tracker and add the nominee’s Second Life avatar name as a subtask to the appropriate category (below), and
* write a comment about what their contribution was and why you find it to be exemplary. Please cite JIRA issues, wiki pages or other examples of the contribution wherever possible.
Nominations are open from now through 2008 July 8 at noon PDT.
* Although the issue tracker has a voting feature, winners will not be selected by popular vote but through the jury process described below.
* Please create only one JIRA issue per nominee per category. You are welcome to second a nomination by commenting on the JIRA opened in that nominee’s name.
* People may be nominated in multiple applicable categories.
== Eligibility ==
* Nominees are eligible to win if their contribution was made between 2007/07/01 and 2008/06/30.
* Linden Lab employees and family members are not eligible to win.
== Judging ==
These are juried awards, and winners will be selected based on a point system used by the judges. The judges panel will be comprised of Linden open source team members and developers.
= Categories =
Nominees should exhibit not only a great track record in their respective categories but also exemplify core community values of collegiality and respect.
Visit the JIRA links below to read a description of the category and make nominations.
* Best Documentation MISC-1301
* Best Project Organizer MISC-1302
* Best Contribution MISC-1303
* The Jesse Malthus Award for Best Community Influence MISC-1304
* Contributor of the Year MISC-1305
We have redefined some of the categories from last year and added a new one in order to reduce overlap and increase coverage of the breadth of work coming from the community.
= Awards =
Award winners will be announced in early September. I’ll be sending another message with the exact date, time and location of this event. You can see last year’s award announcement on the blog.
== Prizes ==
The 2007 Hippo Award winners received a rent-free parcel on the open source island Hippotropolis for one year and a gift of Linden dollars. The Contributor of the Year also received a Macintosh computer. Based on feedback from the 2007 winners, we’ll be making some changes to the prize types and distribution this year, though the overall value of the prizes will be similar. A later announcement will detail this year’s prizes.
P.S. By the way, if you’re not familiar with the hippo meme, the hippo has long been “the mascot” of Second Life. In the early days, Linden service announcements on the public forums would often feature the dramatic doings of super-powered yet secretive hippos who kept the grid safe from bugs released by evil gnomes. It seemed an appropriate icon for the open source project.
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