Monday, December 31, 2012

Open Source Award 2012


The 4th annual New Zealand Open Source Awards ceremony was held in Wellington on 7 November 2012. According to the New Zealand Open Source Awards websitethe Open Source community nominates outstanding projects and people who make Open Source the vibrant and successful force it is in New Zealand businesses and communities.

Paul Seiler and Nevyn HiraSo it was a great honour to hear that two nominations had been submitted for the Manaiakalani project. One was for the outstanding work done by Nevyn Hira since September 6th 2010 developing an Ubuntu image for the Manaiakalani children to use on their netbooks. The other was for the impact of the Open Source technology on teaching and learning. 

We were surprised and delighted to hear that the Manaiakalani programme was a finalist for the category Open Source Use in Education - For the outstanding use of free and open source in education in New Zealand.

It was a fitting acknowledgement that Nevyn was able to attend the ceremony and accept this award for his work. Followers of his blog will see that Nevyn is continually developing the image to make it more responsive to the needs of the teachers and children.

Video footage of the entire presentation for this category is available here.