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.