In 2013, we opened nominations for the first-ever PowerShell Heroes recognitions. The idea was to offer a kudos to folks who have been working hard in the PowerShell community, but who haven't received other formal recognition (like Microsoft's MVP Award).
We got a lot of nominations for Jon Walz, host of the PowerScripting Podcast, who fortunately got a much-belated MVP Award from Microsoft in late 2013. Congrats, Jon! But that still leaves plenty of folks who haven't been recognized. And so based in your nominations, the board of PowerShell.org, Inc. gave serious consideration and is proud to recognize the following people for their outstanding contributions to the PowerShell community. Board consideration came down not only to the number of nominations a person received, but also your stories about how they've helped you grow and improve your PowerShell skills. The Board spent time researching each nomination's narrative and each nominee's work, trying to hunt down the very top of our community's unrecognized contributors.
The 2014 PowerShell Heroes
- Teresa Wilson, the "Scripting Wife." Teresa Wilson puts an incredible amount of organizational effort into the community, including acting as Treasurer or PowerShell.org, organizing the PowerScripting Podcast schedule, volunteering at the PowerShell Summit, and more. She's participated in The Scripting Games and blogged about her learning process. She helps local user groups form up and keep in touch, and helps run at least two by keeping their schedules published. @ScriptingWife on Twitter.
- Dave Wyatt has become a major contributor to the forums here on PowerShell.org, typically beating our own Board "to the punch" when it comes to quickly answering questions. He's taken on curation of Secrets of PowerShell Remoting, expanding that free book's content and keeping it updated in a timely fashion. He's working on a free ebook on PowerShell error handling, too, and has posted numerous lengthy and detailed blog posts about some of PowerShell's trickiest areas.
- Mark Schill created and runs the Atlanta PowerShell user group, and runs PowerShellGroup.org, a site where user groups and their members can keep track of meeting schedules, group contact information, and more. He's organized several PowerShell Saturday events, and co-authored Windows PowerShell 2.0 Bible. He's been a guest columnist for the Hey Scripting Guy! column on TechNet, and has helped as a judge with The Scripting Games. @PowerSchill on Twitter.
- Francois-Xavier Cat has released multiple community guides and tools related to PowerShell, including LazyWinAdmin and AD Group Change Monitor. He's also released several how-to's on PowerShell GUI authoring which have proven invaluable to the community. @LazyWinAdm on Twitter. Note that Francois-Xavier was concurrently awarded his first MVP on January 1st, 2014; because the PowerShell Hero decision had already been made we're continuing to recognize him for his work in 2013 and before.
- Martin Pugh posts extensively about PowerShell in the Spiceworks forums, providing hundreds of the best answers and most helpful posts (as designated by the question asker). He contributes to the Spiceworks PowerShell script library, and many of his scripts and forum responses are repurposed into educational blog posts. @Martin9700 on Twitter.
You'll notice that not all of these folks' contributions have been here on PowerShell.org; that was never a criterion. That said, some of them may not realize they've been recognized in this fashion, so if you're acquainted with them, please let them know, and offer them your thanks for their hard work.
Understand that this is just a recognition; there are no benefits, it doesn't "expire," and you unfortunately won't get a plaque in the mail. We definitely want to work up some tangible recognition, but we first have to get some budget behind that, so it's still pending. And if anyone would like to volunteer to create a graphical "badge" these folks can use on their websites, please let us know!
In late 2014, we'll open nominations again. This time, our 2014 Heroes will be involved in making the final selections.
Congratulations to our 2014 PowerShell Heroes!!