Starting from FOSS4G 2015 in Seoul, “The Most Innovative Developer” Award will be given annually to one developer that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in the FOSS4G community.

GeoCat would like to once again motivate the FOSS spirit among all developers in GIS field by sponsoring GEOCAT award for “The Most Innovative Developer”. The nomination procedure requires that the previous nominees (from 2016) propose 5 names for nomination (in 2017). Unfortunately we only obtained 3 names , and therefore the Geocat team had to complete the list, putting forward 2 more names.

You can find below a list of 5 nominees for GEOCAT award in 2017. And you, as an attendant of FOSS4G have a right to vote the one, who you think deserves to be “The Most Innovative Developer” in 2017. The winner will be awarded €1,000 as acknowledge of his/her outstanding performance and development work.

All 5 nominees for “The Most Innovative Developer” will be part of a selection committee to determine the next nominees for GEOCAT award in FOSS4G 2017.

Are you inspired by any of 5 candidates with his works and contributions to GIS field? Do not miss a chance to vote for him. The voting will be closed at 12:00 in 18th August.

We will announce the award winner at the Closing Plenary of FOSS4G on Friday 18th August 2017.

Congrats to all 5 developers!

Sara Safavi

Sara Safavi

Sara is a software developer and geospatial specialist, who has been called a GeoHipster with a certified GISP, is currently working on MapStory (mapstory.org). She tends to work near the intersection of programming & geo-stuff, especially interested in Python and open source software.

She has organized a bunch of groups (including Austin Open Source GIS, MaptimeATX and PyLadiesATX) and also supported to organize the 2016 FOSS4G North America conference.

You can follow Sara’s work at https://github.com/sarasafavi and http://www.sarasafavi.com/ or https://twitter.com/sarasomewhere

Ian Turton

Ian Turton

Ian is a Geotools and GeoServer’s core developer, open source evangelist at Astun Technology.

Ian Turton is a freelance computational geographer. He believes in the betterment of mankind through the application of computing and open source software and open standards to large geographic data sets to solve hard problems in geography and wider society.

You can follow Ian’s work at http://www.ianturton.com and https://twitter.com/ijturton

Rob Emanuele

Rob Emanuele

Rob Emanuele is VP of Research at Azavea, a Philadelphia based geospatial software company dedicated to open source development. He’s a core developer of the GeoTrellis library, and a contributor to GDAL, PDAL, JTS, and number of other open source projects and efforts. He’s currently working on open source codebases that deal with big data processing for processing rasters, point clouds, and vector tiles, as well as a project that performs deep learning on aerial imagery for image segmentation, image recognition, and object detection called Raster Vision. He was the FOSS4G NA program committee chair for 2015 and 2016, and is on the Program Management Committee for LocationTech.

You can follow Rob’s work at https://github.com/lossyrob and https://twitter.com/lossyrob

Nyall Dawson

Nyall Dawson

Nyall has been a core developer with the QGIS project since 2013. During this time he has contributed over 5000 commits to the project, and today is one of the most active developers on the project. Nyall’s contributions to QGIS cover a wide range of areas – from improvements to the map rendering and symbology engines, enhancements to labeling and print layout functionality, right through to optimisations of the underlying spatial processing algorithms utilised by QGIS. He is dedicated to making QGIS a unique tool capable of creating cartographic effects which to date have not been available in GIS software applications.

Nyall is currently the proprietor and lead developer at North Road Consulting, an Australian spatial development consultancy which predominantly utilises international co-funding and crowd funding campaigns to finance development into open source GIS applications.

You can follow Nyall’s work at https://github.com/nyalldawson and https://twitter.com/nyalldawson

Volker Mische

Volker Mische

Volker is an independent Software Engineer based in Germany who is currently working on a search index/engine for JSON called Noise (https://noiseseearch.org/). Previously he has worked on GeoCouch, a project which adds spatial capabilities to Apache CouchDB (https://github.com/couchbase/geocouch)

You can follow Volker’s work at Github: https://github.com/vmx/ , Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmx and his blog: http://vmx.cx/

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