The Open Source Awards competition, organized by Packt Publishing, has been running since 2006. Its goal is to recognize and reward the efforts of the Open Source communities by letting the public, together with a panel of judges decide which project deserves to win the coveted accolade that also carries a money prize.
Judges decide on the initial selection of nominees or finalists, as they are called, by evaluating each contestant against a pre-determined set of criteria. Then the competition is open to the public and users cast their votes to decide who the winner is.
The contest this year has 6 categories:
- Open Source CMS
- Open Source Mobile Toolkits and Libraries
- Most Promising Open Source Project
- Open Source Business Applications
- Open Source Multimedia Software
Joomla! has successfully been selected as a finalist and will now compete against Drupal, Mojoportal, Plone and Silverstripe in the category of Open Source CMS.
Since it is users like you who determine which Open Source project deserves to be the winner, if you are interested, and if your favorite content management system is in the list above, click here to vote. The process is simple – just leave your name and email, and you might even win a Kindle if you are lucky.* Voting closes on 31st October 2011, with the winners announced throughout the week commencing 7th November 2011.
To learn more about the contest, visit http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home.* Each vote entry will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle, per the anounced posted here: http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home.