The OSMOSIS Institute Board of Advisors is pleased to announce the recipients of the second annual OSMOSIS Open Source Awards for the following categories:

Open Source Intelligence Champion of the Year:  Benjamin Strick, Center for Information Resilience

Open Source Technology Innovation of the Year:  Grep.app

Open Source Rising Star of the Year:  Mariel Klosterman, Senior at Dakota State University Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Open Source Non-Profit of the Year:  Network Contagion Research Institute

To learn more about each recipient, see the official announcement

Judging Criteria

Nominees can be submitted for more than one category. A separate nomination form is required for each submission. Only nominations that answer all questions will be considered. Each nominee must confirm her/his agreement to be nominated by responding to an email inquiry.

Eligibility

  1. Chosen winners must be exemplary innovators and nimble leaders who demonstrate a commitment to community service and mentoring.
  2. Chosen winners must be willing to be cited in new ad promotional pieces.
  3. Chosen winners need not attend in person to receive an award.
  4. OSMOSIS Board of Advisors and OSMOSIS staff are not eligible for nomination.
  5. Once nominations are closed, the BOA members will vote upon the submissions that are considered to have met the above criteria and eligibility. A minimum number of three valid submissions must be received before voting can commence. If less than three submissions are received, nominations may be reopened or suspended for that category.

Key Dates & Deadlines

  1. June 18, 2021: Nominations open 12:00 am
  2. August 27, 2021: Finalists announced
  3. October 1, 2021: Recipients Announced
  4. October 12, 2021: Awards presented

Categories

Open Source Intelligence Champion of the Year

Awarded to an individual whose investment in and commitment to open source intelligence solutions and/or training have proven distinguished achievements in investigative casework.

  • Please describe the nominee’s investigative challenges and how OSINT skills, products, and /or techniques provided a solution.
  • Please describe how the nominee applied OSINT skills that resulted in making a significant impact on a person, community, entity, or agency.
  • Please provide a minimum of two examples of how the nominee has made significant contributions to the OSINT community.
  • Please describe the nominee’s commitment to community service and mentoring.

 

Open Source Technology Innovation of the Year

Awarded to an open source technology, software, or product line launched or updated in the last 12 months whose innovative solutions have increased open source researchers’ workflow efficiencies and effectiveness.

  • Please describe the technology, software, or product line launched or updated in the last 12 months, including the value and offerings of the product.
  • Please describe the technological, open source intelligence challenges the product has addressed and how it has changed the way the OSINT community conducts investigations.
  • Please describe how the product rises above other, similar products on the market.
  • Please describe the nominee’s commitment to community service and mentoring.

 

Open Source Diversity Trailblazer of the Year

Awarded to a person who serves as a change agent for a specific dimension of diversity by breaking ground through the use of open source skills and tools while demonstrating a commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Please describe the story behind the nominee’s own or observed struggles, the challenges faced, and how those challenges were overcome.
  • Please describe how the nominee has made significant contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the OSINT community.
  • Please describe how the nominee’s OSINT skills have led to successful investigative end-results.
  • Please describe the nominee’s commitment to community service and mentoring.

 

Open Source Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to an OSINT professional who exhibits excellent potential through demonstrated investigative skills and talents and leadership at an early stage in their OSINT career (5 years or less).

  • Please describe how the nominee’s OSINT skills have led to successful investigative end-results.
  • Please describe how the nominee has demonstrated interest in furthering her/his investigative career through professional development opportunities.
  • Please describe how the nominee has demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Please describe the nominee’s commitment to community service and mentoring.

 

Open Source Non-Profit of the Year

Awarded to a registered non-profit whose visionary open source work has excelled in serving the organization’s mission and whose distinguished achievements have resulted in substantial progress toward improving society and human lives.

  • Please describe the work of the non-profit and how the use of open source skills and tools helps in achieving its mission.
  • Please describe what challenges the non-profit faced over the last 12 months and how open source skills served in arriving at a successful solution.
  • Please describe how using open source skills and tools helped the non-profit reach new audiences or enter new investigative terrains.
  • Please describe the nominee’s commitment to community service and mentoring.