Latest Winners of Google Open Source Peer Bonus
Written by Sue Gee   
Tuesday, 04 October 2022

The Google Open Source Peer Bonus program is designed to reward external open source contributors nominated by Googlers for their exceptional contributions to open source. A total of 141 winners across 110+ projects, residing in 36 countries have received this award in the second cycle of 2022.

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This program was established in 2011 and according to the Google Open Source website:

In the same way that a Google Peer Bonus is used to recognize a fellow Googler who has gone above and beyond, an Open Source Peer Bonus recognizes external people who have made exceptional contributions to open source. Googlers can nominate contributors who they feel deserve our recognition (and some cash)!

Initially the reward took the form of credits to be spent on Google merchandise but more recently Google has issued pre-paid $250 debit cards along with an award letter. The award letter is sent even if legal restrictions make it impossible to send the money.

The guidelines for nominations has also changed over time with the site now advising:

It takes many skill sets to create open source software and historically the spotlight has focused on developers. We encourage Googlers to nominate all types of contributors, including:

    • Technical writers
    • User experience and graphic designers
    • Community managers and marketers
    • Mentors and educators
    • Front- and back-end developers
    • Ops and security experts

Each Googler can nominate up to three FOSS contributors per round. These individuals must be over 18 years old and not from any currently embargoed country. Nominations are reviewed and award letters dispatched. These awards often come as a surprise but are generally regarded as motivation to contribute to open source,

Google asks permission to publish the names of recipients and the projects they contribute to and its Open Source blog also has  quotes from winners, intended to encourage new entrants to the open source community. Here are some reactions: 

“The Open Source Peer Bonus program is more than an appreciation for our contribution to the open source world. It encourages people to share their talent. To be the hero of the ones who are benefiting from your work, put your codes in the open source world.” – Nan YE, Orange Innovation China

“The TFX team and community is by far the most responsive, helpful and knowledgeable open-source project that I have worked on. It's a great feeling to be a part of the democratizing of productionised ML workflows, and being officially recognised on your efforts and contributions is the cherry on top.” – Jens Wiren, Analytical Impact Solutions

"I’m very pleased and proud to receive a Google Open Source Peer Bonus award. I was nominated for my contributions to The Good Docs Project where we are creating technical writing templates to help other projects create high-quality documentation. I’m passionate about the work we’re doing there, and have been hanging around the project since its inception in 2019. This is a friendly, inclusive community creating a safe space for folk to dip their toe into open source. We are global, and new folk are always welcome.” – Felicity Brand, The Good Docs Project

Given how much we all rely on open source software these token's of appreciation seem both appropriate and effective in terms of motivating continued contributions.

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More Information

Open Source Peer Bonus Program 

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