Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces 2021 Community Awards Winners

Annual awards recognize outstanding community members for advocacy, contributions and documentation in native cloud technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2021 – The Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), which builds sustainable ecosystems for cloud-native software, today announced the winners of the fifth annual CNCF Community Awards. The Community Awards recognize the members of the CNCF community who work the hardest to advance cloud-native technology. CNCF now has 114 projects with more than 137,000 employees from 186 countries.

“Open source contributors are the backbone of supporting modern technology infrastructure,” said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO, CNCF. “These individuals are dedicating their work and passion to improving the cloud-native ecosystem. We are proud of our tireless community members and honored to recognize some notable individuals.”

This year’s awards are presented in the following categories: Top Ambassador, Top Committer, Chop Wood Carry Water and a new award for this year, Top Documentarian.

Top ambassador: This award is presented to a champion of the cloud-native space. This person helps spread awareness of cloud native, CNCF and the hosted projects. The CNCF Ambassador uses a variety of platforms, fueling interest and excitement around projects. CNCF Ambassadors voted for the Top Ambassador and are pleased to present the award to:

  • Anais Urlichs (@urlichsanais) – Anaïs is a developer evangelist at Codefresh. She runs a YouTube channel around Kubernetes, and her challenge, 100DaysOfKubernetes, wants to share her entire learning journey, from understanding the theory to getting started with cloud-native tools and platforms.

Top person involved: This award recognizes excellence in technical contributions to CNCF and its hosted projects. The CNCF Top Committer has made significant commitments to projects and, most importantly, contributes in ways that benefit the project as a whole. CNCF maintainers (committers) have voted for the Top Committer and are pleased to present the award to:

  • Nikhita Raghunath (@TheNikhita) – Nikhita is a member of the Kubernetes Steering Committee and technical lead for SIG Contributor Experience. Nikhita also helps run the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreachy internship programs for CNCF/Kubernetes.

Top documentary: This award recognizes excellence in documentation contributions to CNCF and its projects. Excellent technical documentation is one of the best ways for projects to lower the barrier to contributions. CNCF staff have selected the Top Documentary Maker and are pleased to present the award to:

  • Tim BannisterTim contributes to Kubernetes and other projects and is the technical lead for documentation of SIG, setting up new subprojects, decommissioning existing subprojects, and resolving technical issues and decisions between subprojects.

Chopping wood carry water: This award is given to community members who help behind the scenes, spend countless hours on open source projects, organize and build community gatherings, and perform often thankless tasks for the benefit of the community. The winners of this award were nominated by the CNCF community and voted on by CNCF staff and the TOC. CNCF is pleased to present this award to:

  • Emily Fox (@TheMoxieFox) – Emily Fox is an open source, cloud-native, and DevOps security enthusiast and co-chairs the CNCF Security Technical Advisory Group.

  • Aeva Black (@aevavoom) – Aeva Black is an open source technology architect and member of the Kubernetes Code of Conduct Committee and serves on the board of the Open Source Initiative.

  • Tasha Drew (@TashaDrew) – Tasha is co-chair of the Kubernetes Multi-tenancy working group and SIG Usability.

  • Carlos Panato (@comedordexis) – Carlos Panato is a contributing member of the Kubernetes project, a branch manager for Kubernetes releases, and a Helm Charts administrator.

  • Carolyn Van Slyck (@carolynvs) – Carolyn is an administrator for Porter and the Cloud Native Application Bundle Specification and a workgroup leader for CNCF TAG Contributor Strategy.

All categories were voted on using the CIVS tool.

Previous Community Awards winners Involving Jorge Castro, Dawn Chen, Ian Coldwater, Ben Elder, Lachlan Evanson, Michael Hausenblas, Kelsey Hightower, Dianne Mueller, April Kyle Nassic, Chris Nova, Sarah Novotny, Paris Pittman, and much more.

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Cloud native computing enables organizations to build and run scalable applications with an open source software stack across public, private and hybrid clouds. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of the global technology infrastructure, including Kubernetes, Prometheus, and Envoy. CNCF brings together the industry’s best developers, end users and suppliers and hosts the largest open source developer conferences in the world. Supported by more than 500 members, including the world’s largest cloud computing and software companies, as well as more than 200 innovative startups, CNCF is part of the non-profit Linux Foundation. For more information, visit

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