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The White Camel Awards recognize outstanding, non-technical achievement in Perl. Started in 1999 by Perl mongers and later merged with The Perl Foundation, the awards committee selects three names from a long list of worthy Perl volunteers to recognize hard work in Perl Community, Perl Advocacy, and Perl User Groups. These awards have been managed by The Perl Review in conjunction with the The Perl Foundation.

For 2018, the White Camels recognize the efforts of these people whose hard work has made Perl and the Perl community a better place:

  • Perl Community - Todd Rinaldo, all sorts of things.

Todd Rinaldo has done plenty of technical work for Perl (you can blame him for taking . out of @INC), but's he's done quite a bit of non-technical work for the community as well. He's helped to organize Perl conferences and hackathons and provided other support through one of Perl's largest financial contributors, cPanel.

  • Perl Advocacy - David Farrell, for Perltricks and Perl.com

David Farrell started the PerlTricks.com site in 2013, then ressurrected Perl.com in 2017 (merging PerlTricks into it at the same time). He moved Perl.com to a GitHub repository that anyone can send pull requests to. Now it's easier than ever to not only create new content but update existing articles. He's also one of the co-organizers of the New York Perl mongers.

  • Perl User Groups - Max Maischein

Frankfurt.pm hosts the German and the Frankfurt Perl-Workshops and other special events (including YAPC::EU 2012). Max Maischein has been its treasurer since 2011, handling the accounting, reporting, and contracting, as well as coordinating work with other local organizations. Without that important work nothing could get done. He's part of the backbone of the German Perl community.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners!

Contributions to open source are largely in the form of code, as evidenced by the huge number of repos on github and distributions on CPAN. As we develop in public, users can see and recognize authors as they use the code. Community contributions can be less evident, and the White Camels were born as a way to recognize people who do non-technical work that can sometimes be less obvious and go unseen.

This year during the nomination process, there was some discussion about the focus of the White Camel and who is considered elegible. There was some confusion about technical vs. non-technical contributions of nominees with some feeling technical contributions should also be recognized in some form. There was also discussion about Perl 5 vs. Perl 6 contributions and whether that should be a consideration.

As with all things open source, the White Camels came from the community, and these are good discussions to continue as our community continues to evolve. Right now it's unclear what form the White Camels might take next year. The Perl Foundation will continue to support awards of some sort as a way to recognize contributors, typically through funding any costs associated with awards. Other leaders in the community will help determine what the awards might focus on, who we should recognize, and how. If you have new ideas for future awards or support continuing the White Camels as they are, we invite you to keep the discussion going.

White Camel Awards for 2016

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brian d foy has announced the White Camel Awards for 2016 and we'd like to congratulate the winners. I'd like to add a special congratulations to Karen Pauley for all her work with Perl, both officially as TPF president and unofficially as a community member. Thanks to all of the winners for your constant efforts toward keeping the Perl community a vibrant and fun place to be.

Oetiker+Partner have donated 5,000 Swiss Francs to the Perl 6 grant fund.

2015 is turning into a signature year for the development and advancement of Perl 6. Earlier in the year Larry Wall announced that the Perl 6 team were working towards the 'official' Perl 6 Development Release and that they intended to have this ready by Christmas 2015.

An important part of this is the grant for Jonathan Worthington to work on Key Implementation Tasks that will allow other contributors to progress at accelerated rates to achieve this goal. Jonathan has been working on Rakudo, MoarVM and Perl 6 for a number of years and is one of the leading Perl developers.

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Oetiker+Partner are a small business enterprise based in Olten, Switzerland specialising in software development and system administration. Like many companies in the pure technical and development world they rely on a Open Source Software stack for their tools and libraries. The core language they employ is Perl 5 but they are already looking to a future in which they can write and deploy in production stable Perl 6 code.

They are a progressive company who recognise that using tools is only one part of a thriving open ecosystem. Their belief is that a good company is a good representative in the software communities it works with:

Recognising the important role open source plays in all aspects of our work, we strive to be good members of the eco system by both publishing some of our own code as open source as well as supporting other open source projects like perl6 with monetary donations.

The news of the donation from Oetiker+Partner was met with delight from Karen Pauley, President of the Perl Foundation:

This generous donation will provide Jonathan with more time to complete the valuable work he is doing with the Perl 6 grant. I am constantly surprised at the generosity and support from all levels of the perl community from all over the globe. Oetiker + Partner should be warmly thanked by all who care about the community and the continual evolution of our language and tools.

For more information about OETIKER+PARTNER AG visit: http://www.oetiker.ch

The Perl Foundation is pleased to announce the first Hague Grant. It is being awarded to Patrick Michaud, the head of the 'Rakudo' Perl 6 implementation effort on top of the Parrot VM. Conceptually it is an extension of Patrick's earlier Mozilla Foundation / Perl Foundation Perl 6 development grant that he worked on between late 2007 and mid 2008.

The details of Patrick's grant proposal are below. Jesse Vincent, the project manager of the Perl 6 effort, has agreed to volunteer as the grant manager for Patrick's grant. Jesse will provide updates to TPF on Patrick's status and will judge acceptances of the various milestones and deliverables.

We look forward to Patrick's continued success on the Rakudo Perl 6 implementation and we are proud to be able to support him in this work over the next 4 months.

The details of the grant follow.

2007 White Camels awarded

The 2007 White Camel awards for contributions to the Perl community were awarded at OSCON.
  • Norbert E. Grüner, for years of service helping to organize conferences and workshops throughout Europe, as chair of The YAPC::Europe Foundation.
  • Allison Randal, as leader and manager of Perl 6 & Parrot, plus her revisions to Perl's Artistic License.
  • Tim O'Reilly, for O'Reilly Media's long-time support of the Perl community, back to to 1997 with the first Perl Conference, which has since morphed into OSCON.
Thanks to all the winners.
It's a new year and time for the White Camel process to begin. The White Camel awards are given each year at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention by The Perl Foundation for community-oriented, rather than technical, contributions to Perl. The list of previous winners goes back to 1999.

The nomination process is open to the public, and we welcome your involvement. If there's someone who's served to make Perl better, but not through technical achievements, please let us know at whitecamel- [email protected]. Nominations must be received by midnight on May 31st, 2007.

Every year the group of past recipients gives out three new White Camel Awards to recognize a few of the many people who give their time and energy to help the Perl community.

Since we don't know nearly as many of the contributors and contributions as we'd like, we are looking for input on who should be considered.

Keywords: Community service (not code). Unsung heroes better than well known ones (but don't let that stop you from nominating).

Send your suggestions to [email protected].

Past recipients are listed on the White Camel section of perl.org

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