Jeff McKenna wins 2016 Sol Katz Award for Community Leadership
Jeff McKenna, the past president of the OSGeo foundation and the co-founder of the international FOSS4G conference, was honored on Friday with the 2016 Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software during closing ceremony of the FOSS4G-2016 conference in Bonn, Germany.
The award is presented in recognition of Jeff's deep passion for FOSS4G and relentless effort to promote the OSGeo Foundation around the world. He has been involved in OSGeo since the foundation was formed in 2006. The OSGeo Foundation wishes to thank Mr. Jeff McKenna for his dedication and invaluable contributions towards furthering the goals and objectives of the OSGeo Foundation.
Jeff says: "Today, it isn't about one company or one standard or one software for geomatics, it is about being open and sharing. Finally, the world gets it. My thanks goes out to the entire community, to my world-wide family, for this recognition." Watch his short acceptance speech here.
About The Award
The prestigious Sol Katz Award for Geospatial Free and Open Source Software is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the community. Recipients of the award have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm. The award both acknowledges the work of community members, and pays tribute to one of its founders, Sol Katz.
After such a successful event in Bonn Germany last week, attended by approximately 900 geomatics professionals from over 56 countries, excitement will now begin to build for the next global FOSS4G conference that will be held in Boston, United States, in August of 2017. FOSS4G is the international gathering of Open Source geo tribes. From its beginnings the FOSS4G conference has a reputation of being a melting pot for great ideas in the spatial industry and a catalyst for many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols. FOSS4G has evolved into one of the most important geo events of the year, approaching a thousand attendees and with major industry sponsors. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and the rest of the world.
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2006 whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.