MLH is recognizing extraordinary open source projects and communities.

The MLH Open Source Awards are about recognizing and celebrating extraordinary achievements and contributions of individuals, teams and organizations to open source. Winners will be announced on stage at All Things Open on October 18, 2021.

Award Categories

There are 3 categories for this year’s awards. Nominations are unlimited and open to the general public until September 30, 2021. A panel of industry experts will choose the final winners.


Inclusion & Diversity Award

The company / project / program doing the most to promote building a diverse, welcoming community.


Next Generation Award

The company / project / program doing the most to attract, educate, and retain the next generation of open source citizens.


Community Award

The company / project / program doing the most to build the broader Open Source community.

Open Source is The Future.

Every developer and business in the world relies on Open Source. Projects are driven by passionate independent maintainers, high value engineering teams, and contributors of all skill levels. These awards will recognize leaders in the future of open source for their key community achievements.

Have you been impressed by an Open Source program this year?

Any individual, group, organization or initiative that has contributed to open source or worked on an open source project is eligible to be nominated for an Open Source Award. Some examples might be corporate Open Source Programs offices, independent project maintainers, or even programs or organizations that support a variety of open source projects. You can even nominate yourself!

Developers Love

Open Source

Industry leading technologies are being built in the open. These projects provide opportunities for developers to build their skills, companies to level up their tech stack, and the wider ecosystem to grow stronger. Our awards will recognize leaders in this movement, on stage at All Things Open in October 2021.


of modern software runs on Open Source.


of student developers think Open Source will be important to their careers.


of companies with Open Source Programs contribute code upstream.

Have a project in mind?

Nominate a project, company, or program.