I believe having a regular (annual?) award would help achieving the objectives of this community.
The idea is that it must be by the community, for the community, aligned with the code of conduct and designed in a way that promotes and recognizes what makes the community move forward.
Being for the community would mean that it should mainly focus on projects but not forgetting about the individuals that make it happen.
Being by the community would mean that we should come up with some process where everyone is able to participate, indicating what projects one believes to deserve being awarded.
My first thought is that it should have some categories but not too many, so on the spirit of promoting what - at least I believe - is expected from the Scala community, I would expect something like the following:
- Innovation/Revolution - Projects that lead the pack, propose solutions in unforseen or ahead-of-its-time ways
- Improvement/Evolution - Projects that support the community, mature, best in class, alive and improving
- Introduction/Education - Projects that support the growth of the community, helping others to become aware of it and productive with its ecosystem
- Impact/Integration - Projects that go beyond the community itself, allowing a fruitful integration with the global society it is inserted into
Before elaborating more on this ideas, I’d like to know what are your thoughts, so instead of a monologue, this can be genuinely by the community, from the beginning.