Announcing the 2011 MongoDB Community Award Winners

This year, 10gen established the MongoDB Community Awards, which help us to recognize and reward peer-nominated community members who have helped to make the MongoDB project a success to date. Finalists competed in three categories—Community Champion, Innovative Application, and Core Contributor—to win the grand prize, a trip to SXSW Interactive in Austin, TX this coming March.

Elected by an online peer-voting process, the grand prize winners are:

Community Champion: Nathen Harvey. The Manager of Web Operations for CustomInk.com and the co-organizer of the Washington DC MongoDB Users’ Group and DevOps DC, Nathen was recognized as a true champion of the MongoDB cause. As organizer of the DC MUG, Nathen has been instrumental in growing the group to 250 members in just one year.

Innovative Application: MongoPress by Mark Smalley. The creator of MongoPress earned this year's Innovative Application Award. MongoPress uses PHP and jQuery to offer a NoSQL alternative which is easy to use (even for beginners) and offers a high-performance and more lightweight alternative to WordPress.

Core Contributor: Guillermo Rauch and Aaron Heckmann. The team behind education startup LearnBoost built their platform on node.js and MongoDB. In the process, they created Mongoose, a popular MongoDB object modeling tool designed to work in an asynchronous environment.

To learn more about our winners, you can check out Nathen Harvey’s presentation at MongoSV, explore Mongoose code on Github, or download MongoPress.