Announcing our 2016 PowerShell Heroes

The nominations are in, and the votes are tallied!

PowerShell Heroes is our way of recognizing the people who are making significant contributions to the PowerShell community, but who haven't received any other formal recognition (such as Microsoft's MVP Award). In many cases, these are the rising stars we hope to see receive an MVP someday, but in all cases they're out there, working hard to make a difference. They were nominated by their peers, and selected by the 2015 PowerShell Hero honorees.

We’ve got nine PowerShell Heroes this year, so without further ado:

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  • Nicolas Prigent - Nicolas posts some great, practical PowerShell tips and scripts on his blog and over on the simple talk community. He's also posted several popular scripts to Microsoft's TechNet Gallery, with almost 100 percent 5-star reviews!
  • Matt McNabb - Matt's very active over on Spiceworks, helping people out with all things PowerShell. He's also got a blog with several years worth of PS content: PowerShell Escape
  • Flynn Bundy - Flynn's got an extremely active blog that's chock full of PowerShell awesomeness.  You can also find a lot of his work on GitHub.
  • Martin Pugh - Martin has just become our first two-time PowerShell Hero! He was one of the original group back in 2014, and his nominations this year are even stronger than before. He's now moderator of the PowerShell forum over on Spiceworks, and in addition to his excellent blog, he's now got a pretty active presence on GitHub as well. (All PowerShell, naturally!)
  • Øyvind Kallstad - Øyvind can frequently be found answering PowerShell questions over on Stack Overflow. Like many of the Heroes this year, he's also got a very active blog, and he's also presenting at the upcoming PowerShell Conference EU 2016.
  • Stijn Callebaut - Stijn has a special responsibility this year: he's proving that despite all appearances from this list so far, you don't have to blog to get recognized. 😉 Rather, his contributions are mainly in the form of code on GitHub, and presentations at conferences such as ITPROceed 2015, System Center Universe Europe 2015, and a webinar on OMS and Azure Automation coming up in the next 24 hours.
  • Curtis Smith - Curtis earned the praise of those who nominated him mainly by posting here on the PowerShell.org forums, often lending his expertise on PowerShell, Active Directory, and a heap of related technologies to anyone who needs it.
  • Warren Frame - You might be more familiar with Warren under the names "ramblingcookiemonster" or "@psCookieMonster". (Personally, I had no idea that he had any other name until I saw his badge at the PowerShell Summit; I always assumed his birth certificate actually said "Cookie Monster"!) Warren's active all over: GitHub, Blog, Twitter, /r/powershell, TechNet. He also presented a TechSession webinar about version control / Git here on PowerShell.org, which I'm told had the highest attendance of any of the TechSessions.
  • Simon Wåhlin - Simon's a busy guy in Sweden! He's a leader of the Sweden PowerShell User Group, has a great PowerShell blog, and has presented at multiple conferences, such as the PowerShell Summit Europe in 2015, and Swetugg in 2016.

Congratulations to our 2016 PowerShell Heroes!!

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Dave Wyatt is a Microsoft MVP (PowerShell) and a member of PowerShell.org's Board of Directors.

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