DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION - Monday, January 10, 2011

Once again, the Lotus Awards program will include an open source category for Lotusphere 2011 - Maximizing Value with an Open Source Solution.

The category is described in a high level on the 2011 Lotus Awards web page.

This Award will be presented to a person or a Business Partner that provides the best template, solution, or sample made available via Open Source through  The offering must leverage new technology innovations introduced into the IBM Lotus Notes and / or IBM Lotus Domino 8.X, such as XPages, Application integration with the Sidebar, or mobilization of applications. Submissions for this Award should be solutions that leverage these new technologies to address a specific business need.

Special consideration will be given to developers new to the Notes and Domino development environment whose solutions provide:
- "Wow" factor and completeness of solution (30%)
- Innovation (10%)
- Overall business value (30%)
- Enhancements to boost end-user and organizational effectiveness (30%).

Also the originality factor will be considered to make sure contributions add value and actual source code rather than only re-using existing source code.

Award and recognition:

The winner of this category will be listed on the Lotus Awards web page as done in 2010 (see here). Additionally the winner will be invited to present the contribution during the OpenNTF Steering Committee session at Lotusphere 2011.


Everyone can participate and submit nominations. The only exceptions are all IBM employees and participants of the OpenNTF Steering Committee. The sitting members of the Steering Committee are not permitted to personally submit a nomination, however their respective companies may submit.

Prerequisites for valid submissions:

All open source projects can be nominated that have been submitted to either the Apache or GPL catalog on OpenNTF.  The following points describe in details these prerequisites. The contributions don't necessarily have to be published in the catalog by the submission deadline, but they must have a major project release and receive IP clearance before the deadline.  Committers will then work to publish those submissions to the Catalog.

1. Authors need to be approved OpenNTF contributors (e.g. they need to have a signed ICLA or CCLA on file - see here).
2. Submissions have to be posted under one of the four accepted OpenNTF licences. For example for Apache submissions the Apache license has to be applied correctly (see here).
3. Submissions must have been cleared by the ip-manager at openntf dot org so that they can be added to either the Apache or GPL catalog. Contact the IP manager if you need to use third party code.
4. Submissions will be evaluated on Notes 8.5.2 and/or Domino 8.5.2. Non-working submissions or submissions that judges cannot get to work do not count. No other product versions will be used for evaluation.
5. Submissions need at least to provide two or three paragraphs of documentation, some screenshots and in the optimal case a short demo video (all in English).
6. Projects or new releases of existing projects need to be created on OpenNTF with the submission as release in it.


You need to have the code on OpenNTF and register your entry at the Lotus Awards site using the nomination form.


01/10/11: Deadline for submissions

For any questions please send a mail to support at openntf dot org with the word 'award' in the subject.

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