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

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Wed Sep 25 08:54:34 EST 2013

Hi guys,

The council was aware of the Memorial Prize and discussed it last night
in our teleconf.

From our draft minutes:
MOTION by Joshua Hesketh that Linux Australia support the Malcolm
Tredinnick Memorial Prize to the value of $AUD1500 on the understanding
that funding for future years for the Prize would be assessed on a case
by case basis. SECONDED by Kathy Reid. Passed unanimously.


On 25/09/13 08:44, Michael Davies wrote:
> +1 
> I agree.  It would be good to recognise Malcolm's efforts in our
> community in this way.
> Michael...
> -- 
> Michael Davies   michael at the-davies.net <mailto:michael at the-davies.net>
> Rackspace Australia
> On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM, Mary Gardiner <mary at puzzling.org
> <mailto: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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