The first annual NumFOCUS Awards Dinner was held at the NumFOCUS Summit on the evening of Saturday, September 22, 2018.
As part of building a culture of recognition and mutual respect, we recognized award recipients who have made substantial contributions to our projects, to our ecosystem, and to the open source scientific computing movement. These awards are meant to highlight exceptional technical, community, and organizational efforts supporting our projects.
We also took time to recognize and honor new contributors to our community — these contributors were selected by the leaders of their project for particular recognition.
NumFOCUS congratulates and thanks all honorees for their outstanding contributions to our community.
Community Leadership Award
Ian was instrumental in launching and growing the PyData London conference and meetup chapter — the largest and most active in the world (over 8k members!). His tireless efforts and good humour (spelled the British way) helped build an incredibly robust community of PyData enthusiasts in the UK. Many regard Ian as a mentor and role model, and he continues to successfully champion new growth for PyData in Europe and elsewhere.
Project Sustainability Award
Kelle has been an incredibly effective advocate for Astropy within the astronomy community. Her work to help organize and formalize the processes and governance of the project have created a strong structure for future growth of the project. Kelle has also been a leader in creating and maintaining a culture of inclusion within Astropy, which has resulted in successful recruitment and retention of a diverse contributor base. Her efforts have meaningfully advanced Astropy along the path to long-term sustainability for the project.
Corporate Stewardship Award
Shahrokh has been a champion of NumFOCUS projects and programs within Microsoft for a number of years. Thanks to his advocacy, PyData Seattle was held at Microsoft for the first time in 2015 and then again in 2017; Microsoft has also played host to PyData NYC as well as, most recently, the NumFOCUS Summit. Shahrokh is an evangelist and active participant for corporate support of open source scientific computing.
New Contributor Acknowledgments
While a long-time contributor, Lia Corrales has stepped up in the last year as the content lead for the Astropy Tutorials. As part of this she has organized several tutorials workshops and co-working time, and her efforts have brought new life to this previously under-supported yet important element of the Astropy Project.
Simon Conseil has been a steady contributor to the astropy core package since 2015, with more than 100 pull requests merged. He has more recently taken on the daunting role of being a maintainer for a complex and abstruse I/O package in astropy which interfaces with FITS, the dominant data format in astronomy. The original (and sole) developer of this package left the project several years ago, and Simon has now taken on a leadership role for this package. He has contributed important new functionality and made fixes to the FITS code and participated in reviews that were not at all trivial.
Karel van de Plassche
Karel has made contributions to Bokeh infrastructure, including a Docker container, as well as fixed several bugs related to Bokeh data sources. He has also provided valuable