CH Open Source Awards 2012

The winners of the CH Open Source Awards 2012

Winner business case

In the Business Case category, the Portail eGov du canton de Vaud was able to convince the most.

Statement by the jury: The Portail eGov du canton de Vaud des Etat de Vaud has a great signal effect and serves as a role model. The use of FOSS could be mentioned a little more explicitly. On the other hand, this will also be made public with the award of the prize. It is not only important to use the open source software, but also to contribute, ie help in the further development and promotion of a community. The portal is also embedded in the canton’s general vision for more open source. We hope that the award will support the canton of Vaud in its objectives and also encourage other cantons to work together in this way and to offer OSS solutions in an open, standardized and ultimately cheaper way for taxpayers.

Winner community

Vala won in the Community category.

Jury statement: The Community Award was the most difficult decision. A lot of good projects were submitted. With the programming language VALA, a very active community with a lot of potential is recognized. The language is used in many projects, especially in the Gnome environment. The language was originally developed by Swiss students. The jury was also impressed by the open development mode.
The jury hopes to inspire other students to develop projects and form communities. Switzerland lives from innovations. Boris Kraft (Magnolia), Jürg Billeter (Vala)

Winner Youth

The Youth category was won by Stéphane Graber.

The jury recognizes the work of Stéphane Graber, who has been developing Ubuntu since he was 18. It is possible at this age to work as a contributor in a major open source project. The jury hopes that his role model inspires others to get involved in projects and thus help shape the future. Stéphane Graber David Krebs (Mimacom), Dragica Kahlina on behalf of Stéphane Graber, as he now works in Canada

Special Prize Winner

A special award was given to OpenJustitia.

Statement by the jury: The use of open source in public administration is no longer a novelty. Developing software as a federal court itself, i.e. acting as a software manufacturer, so to speak, and consistently making this software available open-source, on the other hand, is a pioneering achievement in Switzerland that impressed the jury. We have therefore decided to give a special prize for OpenJustitia this year. With this we recognize the courage to break new ground, the work, to build up a community and the foresight of the Federal Supreme Court to save taxpayers long-term costs through their initiative. Matías E. Fernández (, Marc von Weissenfluh (Federal Court)