[Linux-aus] Proposal: LA to donate to the Malcolm Tredinnick Memorial Prize

Michael Davies michael at the-davies.net
Wed Sep 25 08:44:30 EST 2013


I agree.  It would be good to recognise Malcolm's efforts in our community
in this way.

Michael Davies   michael at the-davies.net
Rackspace Australia

On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Mary Gardiner <mary at puzzling.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> The Django Software Foundation has announced the Malcolm Tredinnick
> Memorial Prize, in honour of Malcolm and remembering his death in March:
> """
> Malcolm Tredinnick joined the Django project as a core developer in
> early 2006. He was deeply involved in many part of Django - most
> notably, the ORM, but many other internals bear his fingerprints.
> Django’s support for unicode, and autoescaping in templates can both be
> almost entirely attributed to Malcolm.
> But his contributions weren't just code. He was also a prolific
> communicator. He logged thousands of messages in django-users, helping
> people learn Django, sharing his expertise freely and openly. He also
> logged thousands of messages in django-developers, helping shape the
> framework we all use today[…]
> With Malcolm’s memory in mind, the Django Software Foundation is proud
> to announce that with this blessing of his family, we will be
> establishing an award in Malcolm’s name.
> The award will be a monetary prize, awarded annually, to the person who
> best exemplifies the spirit of Malcolm’s work - someone who welcomes,
> supports and nurtures newcomers; freely gives feedback and assistance to
> others, and helps to grow the community. The hope is that the recipient
> of the award will use the award stipend as a contribution to travel to a
> community event -- a DjangoCon, a PyCon, a sprint -- and continue in
> Malcolm’s footsteps.
> """
> https://www.djangoproject.com/weblog/2013/sep/16/announcing-malcolm-tredinnick-memorial-prize/
> Since Malcolm was a long-time Australian Free Software community member,
> in particular attending and speaking at LCA several times as well as
> PyCon AU, I'd like to propose that LA make a donation to this fund, of a
> size that suits Council's budget.
> This isn't really a grant request in the normal sense (
> http://linux.org.au/projects/grants ) but I'm sending this to this list
> for member feedback in the same spirit.
> I guess the major negative I can see is that while Australians would be
> eligible to receive the prize, realistically it's likely that the funds
> would be awarded to someone elsewhere.
> Note re conflicts of interest: I am not a member of the Django Software
> Foundation, nor did the DSF ask me to make this request (in fact, they
> don't know about it). I'm not a Django contributor or community member
> and am therefore exceptionally unlikely to benefit personally from the
> prize in the foreseeable future.
> -Mary
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