2019 UK Open Source Awards – The Winners

A record 65 nominations were received for the awards and the 4 winners were announced on the 12th June at the UK Open Source Awards in Edinburgh.

The 2019 UK Open Source Awards, 10-year record 65 nominees were whittled down to a shortlist of fourteen contenders across four categories thanks to the judging panel of Allison Randal, Dawn Foster and Head Judge Jonathan Riddell.

Sixteen nominees made the short list, but on the day there could only be one winner for each award and they were: Simon Mcvittie, individual award, ABEHR, which works with Apperta Foundation won the company award, Ripple Foundation won the public sector award and Nathan Hughes won the student award, receiving a stipend of £1500 from OpusVL.

Peter Coates, Managing Director of the Apperta Foundation commented that “OpenEyes remains the most successful and most highly regarded open source clinical application in use within the NHS, it simply wouldn’t exist without our unique collaboration model that has made it a reality.”

Jason Brown, Founder and CEO of ABEHR Digital added that “ABEHR Digital are thrilled to win the ‘Best Company’ category in the UK Open Source Awards for the OpenEyes Electronic Medical Records project. Our teams welcome the recognition for their work and expertise which demonstrates how front-line clinicians collaborating with health-tech companies like ourselves and the Apperta Foundation are driving excellence in open source software design and delivery – providing real benefits for NHS professionals and patients on the ground right now. It’s the perfect synergy.”

Head Judge, Jonathan Riddell, of the KDE community commented “We had four impressive lists of nominations to whittle down to the shortlists. It took us a good week of deliberations to pick some truly spectacular projects and we had to by-pass some very worthy candidates but the short-list represents a beautiful spread of the state of the art”. Allison Randal was “impressed by the number of nominations based around helping the NHS, the entrepreneurial spirit working for the public good using open methods is exactly what we were after.”

Stuart Mackintosh, moderator of the panel session summarised “The event was informative and progressive owing to the quality of speakers at the event. I was pleased that the panel generated challenging discussion – it was a valuable opportunity to share insights in to the current active conversation, friction and opportunities with the adoption of an open digital approach for the UK public health sector.”

The Awards are made possible in 2019 by the sponsorship of Microsoft, Collabora, Codethink, Open UK, Open Invention Network, OpusVL and NHSX.

The UK Open Source Awards 2019 were organised by SalesAgility and Trustable Software. In 2020 the awards, in their 11th year, will come to London for the first time in June 2020 and will include a 5th award for Open Hardware. If you are interested in getting involved with organising or sponsoring the 2020 Awards, please contact Amanda.brock@openuk.uk

We are pleased to share that the winners of the 2019 Awards will attend the Open UK Events Launch at the House of Commons on 3 September and we hope to see you there.