The White Camel Awards recognize outstanding, non-technical achievement in Perl. Started in 1999 by Perl mongers and later merged with The Perl Foundation, the awards committee selects three names from a long list of worthy Perl volunteers to recognize hard work in Perl Community, Perl Conferences, and Perl User Groups. For the past two years, these awards have been managed by The Perl Review in conjunction with the The Perl Foundation.
This year, the White Camels recognize the efforts of these people whose hard work has made Perl and the Perl community a better place:
You may have noticed that many of the core Perl sites, such as www.cpan.org and www.perl.org look a lot different. Indeed, they look a lot better. Perl, being very popular in the early days of the web, it’s websites settled on the early features and never left them. Leo Lapworth dragged many of the Perl websites into the modern age and made them look more attractive at the same time. Not only that, he’s one of the driving forces behind Perl News. Surely there’s more to come from Leo, too. For this, we recognize Leo Lapworth for the 2011 White Camel Award for Perl community.
If you’re doing Perl in Japan, you’ve probably run into Daisuke Maki. He’s active in Shibuya.pm and many of the YAPC::Asia. He also started the Japan Perl Association, the counterpart to The Perl Foundation and YAPC::Europe Foundation. For this, we recognize Daisuke Maki for the 2011 White Camel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Perl user groups.
If there were a contest for the most Perl events organized, Andrew would most likely be the winner. The number of conferences isn’t the only category he’d win though. He’s not content just to organized conferences in his own country, Russia, but also in Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and many others. He’s also win the competition for organizing two events the farthest apart: The Second Russian Perl Workshop in Vladivostok and YAPC::EU 2011 in Rīga, Latvia. That’s still not enough. He’s the moving force behind YAPC::TV, which collects videos from Perl events and lets you view them for free. For this, we recognize Andrew Shitov for the 2011 White Camel Award for Perl conferences.