The unsung heroes of the community take to the keynote stage for the sixth edition.

BERLIN — The Community Contributor Awards gave a special tip of the hat to those who might not be aware that they are valued from the keynote stage.

These awards are a little informal and quirky but still recognize the extremely valuable work that everyone does to make OpenStack excel. These behind-the-scenes heroes were nominated by other community members.

There were three main categories: those who might not be aware that they are valued, those who are the active glue that binds the community together and those who share their knowledge with others.

OSF’s upstream developer advocate Kendall Nelson runs the program and handed out the honors. It wasn’t the only way she celebrated the community: she handed out medals wearing skirt patterned with community code.

Here are the winners from the Berlin Summit edition, in the words of the folks who nominated them:

The Giving Tree – Melanie Witt

Melanie Witt has taken on the role of Nova project team lead, one of the largest OpenStack projects. She’s done an amazing job running the project, constantly listening to operators and doing a great job despite all the work involved. She’s good at staying impartial and constantly balancing the competing demands and voices around her. She has also made great efforts to better organize the focuses of the strained core team by pushing them to do review runways.

Bonsai Caretaker – Swapnil Kulkarni

He’s been maintaining the Jetbrains PyCharm licenses, used by many community contributors, for the OpenStack community for a long time now. It has been recognized by Jetbrains as well when they did an interview with him for his contributions to the community. His contributions often go unnoticed even if most of us are using it daily. Here’s one more testimonial about it.

The Duct Tape Medal – Eric Fried

Eric Fried has been a recent huge force in Nova and many other projects in OpenStack, reviewing and contributing code at an astonishing rate and with a very high level of quality. He takes on and doggedly sticks with tasks which exhaust others and remembers to address any side issues that crop up.
He’s worked on everything from PowerVM support in Nova to helping get the placement service off the ground. It doesn’t matter what he picks up, he gets it working.

The ‘Does Anyone Actually Use This?’ Trophy – Lingxian Kong

  • He created and lead Qinling project to fulfill the serverless area in OpenStack ecosystem.
  • Successfully made Qinling an OpenStack official project and made the first release for Rocky.
  • Work closely with other OpenStack projects to make Qinling easy to used.
  • Also actively contributed to Barbican and Octavia, responsible for them to be deployed in Catalyst Cloud (an OpenStack- based public cloud in New Zealand.)
  • Implemented the Octavia golang support and Ansible module.
  • Found time to act as a mentor in the Outreachy internship program.

Hero of the People – Rico Lin

As the PTL of Heat, Rico Lin has been very helpful with managing orchestration service and its relative integration. He has also put a lot of effort on binding developers, users and operators for community build up. He’s also been active in community discussions around topics including automatic upgrades, self healing and Kubernetes.He’s always a friendly face for anyone who joins this community and ready to share, bring more guidance or help to who like to learn more.

Don’t Stop Believin’ Cup – Fatema Khaled

Fearless Fatema Khaled has come storming onto the OpenStack scene like a sponge with jet propulsion and a bravery shield. She came to her Outreachy internship ready to seek out and soak up everything she could about OpenStack. When you were interning, did you fearlessly approach development teams to find out how you could use your skills to help? Fatema did! After being a significant part of the Storyboard development, she jumped on a plane to Denver to find out what her next move in the OpenStack community should be. She went room to room, introducing herself and learning about projects, and decided to make a Swift contribution to start off. Who starts with Swift?! She did! Although she’s brand new in our community, her fearless attitude is one to be celebrated and I’m sure she’ll go on to make significant contributions in this community!

Open Infrastructure Shield – Frank Kloeker

He has been doing I18n team PTL for three OpenStack cycles, which is so long and I really appreciate his leadership in I18n team. Thanks to him, I18n team has a good balance between Asian countries and other countries. Translation effort might be biased to limited countries and previous PTLs were from China, Japan, and Korea, which might implies that the country of I18n team activity might be biased. Current good balance might not be possible without his energetic contribution and leadership on I18n team.
He has spent his personal time a lot on OpenStack contribution and evangelism (upstream and downstream) not only through I18n effort but also to his company & country. For I18n effort, this year, he went to OpenStack Days near to Germany where he lives. [1] is one example of how he shared I18n activities to other European countries. [2-4] are how he shared what he learned through OpenStack contribution to his company for open source ecosystem in his company. Finally, as far as I know, he’s one of main organizers of upcoming Berlin Summit and he spends a lot on his personal time for better organization of the Summit.

Keys to Stack City – Andreas Jaeger

  • He does it all. Writing docs, fixing CI jobs, coordinating large OpenStack-wide CI changes, helping users with Zuul, managing review queues despite the incredibly volume we face. It is easy to underestimate how much work Andreas is doing because he does it quietly and happily. Then Andreas goes on vacation for a few weeks and we wonder why things stop moving so smoothly.
  • His contributions to OpenStack span many years, many projects, and many facets of work. Without Andreas we would likely need multiple individuals to pick up the work.

Mentor of Mentors – Victoria Martinez de la Cruz

  • She’s been a crucial person in on-boarding new contributors through the Outreachy Internship program as the coordinator for the OpenStack community. I don’t have data behind this, but between being a mentor and coordinating dinners, she has created new contributors through this program.
  • She just stepped down this cycle as the coordinator and I think that she deserves recognition for how much she has not only impacted that process, but also how many new contributors she has onboarded into the community.

Stay tuned to Superuser for info on how to nominate your heroes for the next Summit!