The National Center for Open Source and Education (NCOSE)
2010 FOSS & K-12 Education Award Winners
In the field of Free and Open Source software (FOSS), there are thousands of people who make contributions by writing code, documentation, testing, creating content and teaching. All too often these contributions go without explicit recognition or thanks from the millions of people who benefit on a daily basis from all this generous work. The NCOSE FOSS and K-12 Education Awards are given as expressions of appreciation for the hard work and dedication of individuals who contribute immense amounts of their time and expertise to advancing the use of Open Source solutions in K-12 schools. This year, the Center has chosen two women from opposite sides of the United States that are making an extraordinary contribution to Free and Open Source Software use in the field of K-12 education.
The 2010 awards are in two categories, Individual and Corporate, and were presented on April 9, 2010 at the NCOSE Vermont Open Source and Education Conference, FOSSVT.
The award for an individual for work done in bringing Open Source to K-12 schools was given to Caroline Meeks of Solution Grove Inc. for her work on the Sugar-on-a-Stick project.
The 2010 Corporate NCOSE Award went to Google for the Google Highly Open Participation project which introduced pre-college students to the many contributions they can make to Open Source software projects. Leslie Hawthorn, the project's creator and manager accepted the award for Google.
Caroline Meeks - Sugar-on-a-Stick
Caroline Meeks is founder and CEO of Solution Grove Inc. and is a graduate of the MIT Class of 1985. Caroline is a candidate for a Master's degree this June from Harvard Graduate School for Education, Technology, Innovation and Education program. She works internationally in open source and education. She co-founded an open source learning management system and nonprofit corporation and is leading the "Sugar on a Stick" project for Sugar Labs (Sugarlabs.org), which brings USB-based educational computing to K-5 children. She spent the summer of 2009 testing this concept directly in several schools in the Boston area.
Leslie Hawthorn/Google - Google Highly Open Participation
Leslie Hawthorn is a Program Manager for Google's Open Source Programs Office, where she's the Community Manager for the Google Summer of Code community. She conceived, launched and managed the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, the world's first global initiative to get pre-university students involved in all aspects of Open Source software development. Leslie has also organized more than 100 open source conferences and hackathons, most held at Google's Corporate Headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA. When not wrangling FOSS developers, she's usually speaking about Open Source, FOSS in education, and community building or writing for the Google Open Source Blog.