MySQL Community Awards 2017: the Winners

MySQL Community Awards 2017: the Winners

The MySQL Community Awards initiative is an effort to acknowledge and thank individuals and corporations for their contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. It is a from-the-community, by-the-community, and for-the-community effort. The committee is composed of an independent group of community members of different orientation and opinion, themselves past winners or known contributors to the community.

The 2017 community awards were presented on April 27, 2017, during the keynotes at the Percona Live conference. The winners are:

MySQL Community Awards: Community Contributor of the year 2017

  • René Cannaò
    René – for creating and maintaining the ProxySQL project actively.
  • Shlomi Noach
    Shlomi has been a been a conference chairperson for years, ran these mysqlawards for a long time, has been blogging for many, many years, and also has quite a few popular MySQL projects. Thank you Shlomi Noach for all your work on orchestrator and gh-ost.
  • Simon Mudd
    Some quotes from nominations for Simon:  “[he] contributed massively to the quality of MySQL, finding and reporting issues, and suggesting improvements in all areas of MySQL. Through his work at, he has helped to provide a test bed platform at scale that helps to test future versions, to the benefit of all in the MySQL community. He helps to run the Madrid MySQL user group, blogs, talks at conferences, and even contributes code to the server (logging to syslog).” “He has given us a lot of feedback on upgrade/downgrade. Balancing code cleanup and backwards compatibility is a harder problem than it sounds. We’ve got much better criteria now of what’s OK vs not OK. Everyone that uses mysql benefits.”

MySQL Community Awards: Application of the year 2017

  • gh-ost
    “A truly innovative solution to a long-term issue within the MySQL world, developed openly, with great community excitement around it.” “After all of the schema change tools that are sort of external, using relatively flaky features like triggers, a schema change tool that uses more core parts of the server (binlogging) and provides more features as a result is a pretty big step forward”
  • sysbench
    Sysbench: an extremely widely used tool which had been in 0.x numbering for many, many years.  It recently got a lot more love and finally version 1 was released in January 2017.  Thank you to Alexey Kopytov for sysbench version 1!

MySQL Community Awards: Corporate Contributor of the year 2017

  • GitHub
    GitHub for gh-ost, and for corporate sponsoring. For a number of years now Github has been the community source repository for not only the MySQL server (and other MySQL projects), but also a huge number of community related projects, forks and branches.
  • Percona
    Percona “for the conference, open source tools, blog, webinar, … AND especially for hosting two separate Percona Live events annually — which seems to be the biggest meeting of MySQL+forks users.” For many of us, the conferences are the only time we get to see each other in person.

Congrats to all winners!

Committee members

  • Baron Schwartz
  • Colin Charles
  • Daniël van Eeden
  • Domas Mituzas
  • Eric Herman
  • Fernando Ipar
  • Giuseppe Maxia
  • Jeremy Cole
  • Justin Swanhart
  • Kenny Gryp
  • Mark Leith
  • Morgan Tocker
  • Rasmus Johansson
  • Santiago Lertora
  • Sergei Golubchik
  • Yoshinori Matsunobu


  • Daniel Nichter
  • Emily Slocombe

Special thanks

Thank you to this year’s anonymous sponsor for donating the goblets!

Thank you to Colin Charles for acquiring and transporting the goblets!

Editorial note: this should have been published after the Percona Live conference in  April 2017.  I forgot – my apologies! 🙂