Astrid Emde receives the 2018 Sol Katz Award

Astrid Emde was honoured with the 2018 Sol Katz Award, presented on 29 August 2018, during the gala dinner of the FOSS4G event in Dar es Salaam. This was the 14th year of the award.

Astrid has been involved in FOSS for a long time, starting through her early Mapbender work at the CCGIS company in Germany, to becoming one of the leaders of the Mapbender team at the WhereGroup company, and now the backbone of OSGeo (working with the OSGeoLive team, helping with the OSGeo news items, organizing OSGeo Board meetings, processing license agreements as the OSGeo Secretary role, and becoming a true leader as an OSGeo Board of Director). Astrid is very active organizing events such as FOSSGIS events, the FOSSGIS e.V. local chapter events, preparing OSGeo booth materials, and helping organize code sprints all around the world.

Astrid is constantly working behind the scenes for the community, and her calm nature has helped many across the world to feel comfortable and grow.

On behalf of the OSGeo and FOSSGIS communities we congratulate and thank Astrid for all of her passion. Thank you Astrid, you deserve this.

About the award

The Sol Katz Award for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) is awarded annually by OSGeo to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the FOSS4G community. Recipients of the award have contributed significantly through their activities to advance open source ideals in the geospatial realm. The award acknowledges both the work of community members, and pay tribute to one of its founders, for years to come.


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