2011 Recipients

Browser ID

BrowserID is part of Mozilla’s exploration into an identity system that puts users in control, independent of any particular service provider. BrowserID is a secure, decentralized, open source, cross-browser way to sign onto websites using your email address. With BrowserID, users select from their various email addresses, giving them a consistent experience across all of their personas. BrowserID helps users keep their online experience secure and private through the browser by limiting the flow of information to what is strictly necessary to let users log in.

Canvas

 

Instructure is a technology company that is focused on improving education. Founded in 2008 by two Computer Science graduate students, Instructure built Canvas - the only commercial open source learning management system and the only LMS native to the cloud.Instructure now services over 100 institutions in higher education and K-12. Investors include OpenView Ventures Partners, EPIC Ventures and TomorrowVentures.

Open source is a critical part of the future of educational software, and the closed systems that propagate vendor lock-in are holding back students and educators. The Canvas LMS source code is primarily developed at Instructure, but is supported by a global community of developers that share Instructure's vision. Canvas LMS code is open and available on the GitHub project page. Canvas leverages other modern technologies like HTML5, jQuery, OAuth, and numerous external service integrations. All of these high-performing best-of-the-web solutions, through Canvas, are here to help educators and learners collaborate more effectively.

Moai

Billed as the mobile platform for pro game developers, the Moai platform differentiates itself through its cloud-based game services and rapid development of iOS, Android, and Chrome titles, all built in the industry standard Lua scripting language. Moai developers appreciate the ability to write both client and server-side game logic without context switching or cross-team projects, as well as the open-source nature of the Moai SDK that ensures they can build titles without compromises. Previously announced game companies using Moai include Bungie Aerospace, Harebrained Schemes, DistinctDev, Go Go Kiddo and Nay Games. Developers interested in Moai are encouraged to create an account today at www.GetMoai.com.

Orion

Orion is a browser-based open tool integration platform built by the Eclipse platform team and focused on moving software development to the web as a web experience. Orion addresses the core coding activities (code editing, project navigation, search, and working with your source control system) and provides extensibility mechanisms to allow application level linking with other web-based tools.

rstat.us

Microblogging has taken the world by storm. Millions of people around the world now share their thoughts with friends, family, and random strangers every day. Links are shared, stories are told, and events are discussed. rstat.us is the newest place to participate in the collective conscious of the planet.

What's different about it?

There are two things that make rstat.us special: simplicity and openness.

Simplicity is a core 'feature' of rstat.us. We pride ourselves on saying 'no' to lots of features. Our interface is clean, and easy to understand. We give you just enough features to be interesting, but not enough to be complicated and confusing.

Here's the deal on Openness: the programming code that makes up rstat.us is available for anyone to download, free of charge. Programmers can use that code to run their own websites just likerstat.us, and you can subscribe to your friends on any site that supports the OStatus protocol, like identi.ca. This also means that you can own your data: we'll never stop you from having full access to everything you've put into rstat.us.

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