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JavaScriptLandia Community Awards Showcase Creativity, Diversity and Energy

By Blog, JavaScriptLandia

From OpenJS World 2023 – The OpenJS Foundation is celebrating 6 key community leaders, honoring them with our second annual JavaScriptLandia Awards for contributions to education, standards, security and more. Award Winners were recognized at OpenJS World on Wednesday, May 10, and received a plaque and digital badge.

JavaScriptLandia is the home of the OpenJS Foundation’s individual supporter program, where community members can pledge support for OpenJS projects, maintainers, and get more involved in the community while earning badges and other perks.

The nominations for the awards opened in March and were sourced from the broader JavaScript community. Nominations were reviewed by OpenJS Foundation CPC members, board members, and staff and were chosen by consensus.

There are 6 awards available: 

  • Unsung Hero
  • Leading By Example
  • Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival
  • Pathfinder Awards
    • for Standards
    • for Education
    • for Security 

Unsung Hero nominees are recognized for their willingness to do things that aren’t high profile, glamorous, or even fun, but are important for a well-functioning project and community. Unsung Heroes often do this work with a smile, even if they aren’t being recognized regularly for their contributions. 

Leading by Example nominees are known for demonstrating leadership qualities in their communities that reflect OpenJS Foundation values, like being humble, helpful and hopeful. Exemplary leaders embody open source in spirit and in practice, and inspire others to do the same.

Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival nominees are new participants in our project spaces who are making a big difference – from contributing new ideas, new leadership on a project workstream, helping with project operations, to community building and more. These individuals are rising stars who help bring fresh energy to our projects.

Pathfinder Awards nominees are people from across the JavaScript ecosystem who have made significant contributions in key areas for OpenJS, including Education, Standards, and Security. These individuals not only move things forward, they bring people along with them as they go, helping to light the way for all. 

The 2023 JavaScriptLandia Awards recipients are:

Unsung Hero

Richard Lau, Red Hat

Richard has been consistently doing an amazing job taking care of the infrastructure that powers the Node.js project while also contributing to both the TSC and the Release Working Group. His dedication is an inspiration to all collaborators.

Leading by Example

Danielle Adams, AWS

Danielle volunteers her time as a Node.js releaser and TSC member. She is smart, reliable, and always positive in the large undertaking of a Node.js release. She also educates the industry on the Node.js release cycles to better prepare developers around the world, like presenting at NodeConf EU 2022 on The Life and Times of a Node.js Release. Danielle is a champion for underrepresented communities. Last year, she helped lead the Grace Hopper Open Source Day Node.js hackathon, mentoring women and nonbinary developers on their first successful PRs to the Node.js project.

Outstanding Contribution from a New Arrival

Claudio Wunder, HubSpot

Claudio has made significant contributions to the Node.js website and plans to improve the project’s documentation generation to help generate metadata needed for the TypeScript ecosystem. Both of these projects are complex, requiring working with many project members, getting buy-in and doing consistent work. His enthusiasm and determination to move things forward is great to see. Claudio has ramped up and contributed in record time.

Pathfinder Award for Education

Erick Wendel

Erick has done a lot of work to promote Node.js to developers. Erick has done over 115 conference presentations and talks around the world to help developers learn about Node.js. Anything from his YouTube video channel that covers advanced JavaScript to his courses on Node.js Streams to his recent experiments on building the Node.js runtime from scratch to engage developers in a fun way.

Pathfinder Award for Security

Rafael Gonzaga, NearForm

Rafael has made significant contributions to the Alpha-Omega project jointly with the OpenJS Foundation and the OpenSSF and received very positive feedback on his efforts to improve the Node Security ecosystem. His contributions to reports and blogs have generated great visibility from social media, and he has personally trained and brought engineers into the Security Working Group to build the community towards self sufficiency. 

Pathfinder Award for Standards 

Brian Kardell, Igalia

Brian has been instrumental in bringing web developers into standards throughout his career. He has an abiding interest in bettering the future web. He has been dedicated in the past year to MathML and bringing more features to the web platform.

Take a Trip through JavaScriptLandia

By Blog, JavaScriptLandia, OpenJS World

During the OpenJS World, Jory Burson and Joe Sepi discussed the OpenJS Foundation’s efforts for getting the community involved in projects by creating collaborative spaces


Jory Burson, Community Director at the OpenJS Foundation, spoke with Joe Sepi, an Open Source Engineer at IBM. The discussion started with Sepi explaining how the Cross Project Council (CPC) helps open source projects by providing advice, support and multiple avenues for work collaborations. 

The concept of collaboration spaces was created to provide opportunities for people in the ecosystem outside the project or the foundation to get involved. Burson elaborates that this is a way for the whole community to work together. 

Additionally, the Standards Working Group is another active space where people with all levels of experience are welcome to join. One of the goals this year is to develop a set of resources and a website for developers to get involved in standardization. 

Another key program recently launched by the OpenJS Foundation is JavaScript Landia. This is the individual supporter program, and it gives anyone access to online information where you can support different projects, collect badges, and much more.

In conclusion, Burson and Sepi both encourage viewers to join and become involved in the community by joining Slack, accessing Github and visiting They emphasized that the only requirement to be involved is a passion for JavaScript and a desire to help!

Full video here

Broken down by section:

Speaker introduction 0:02

Cross Project Council (CPC) 0:46

How CPC has helped projects 2:51

Collaboration Spaces 7:49

Open Source 10:44

JavaScript Landia 19:17

Conclusion 24:28

JavaScriptLandia News: InfoQ Interview

By Blog, JavaScriptLandia

In December of 2020, the OpenJS Foundation officially announced JavaScriptLandia, an individual supporter program and a place where all JavaScript fans, no matter your flavor or technology preference, can creatively express support for the JavaScript ecosystem and OpenJS communities. The program is $25 USD annually.

Sara Chipps, the initiative champion sat down with Guy Nesher, with InfoQ, to share details about this brand new program.

Interview highlights:

  • The OpenJS Foundation is a vendor-neutral organization that supports open-source projects
  • Contributing to open-source projects can mean more than just writing code
  • There are more challenges to open source contribution than is often discussed
  • JavaScriptLandia is a new initiative that encourages individuals to participate in the OpenJS Foundation

Read the full interview here:

OpenJS Foundation individual supporter program now available: Join us in JavaScriptLandia!

By Announcement, Blog, JavaScriptLandia

This post was written by Sara Chipps, JavaScriptLandia initiative champion.

Whether you’re all about tabs or spaces, an old favorite or a new release, Vim or VSCode, JavaScriptLandia is a place where all JavaScript fans can creatively express support for the JavaScript ecosystem and OpenJS.

Join now!

JavaScriptLandia badge with sun and mountains.

An Individual Supporter Program has been on the community’s wish list, and we’re thrilled to make that available for the first time with the launch of JavaScriptLandia. Immediate benefits of this new supporter program include:

  • A digital badge to add to your online profiles, avatar, blog and/or personal website.
  • Recognition on our global supporter page on the OpenJS Foundation website.
  • A supporters’ weekly newsletter keeping you up to date on the lastest from OpenJS projects, the Cross Project Council, and the Board of Directors. You will also be invited to participate in discussions about governance and new initiatives.
  • Discounts for training, certification, conferences, and other exclusive offers.

Additional benefits will follow as the program grows, and citizens of JavaScriptLandia weigh in on what they would like to see most. This is a worldwide program priced at $25 USD. 

About the program

The Cross Project Council created JavaScriptLandia because community members wanted a way to show off their involvement and support for our project and cross-project communities, as foundation member companies do through their sponsorship. The CPC also sought to create more leadership opportunities for community members outside of and between our open source projects. This creates stronger bonds and a richer picture of OpenJS Foundation contributors.

We’ve also been hearing from our community that they would like a way to get involved. This is perfect for people that aren’t currently contributing to our projects, but are active JavaScripters. Our goal is to provide a method to join the OpenJS Foundation that wasn’t as expensive as sponsorship and would help members get to know the projects as well as have more access to internal goings-on. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, JavaScriptLandia seeks to unite an inclusive and diverse group of JavaScript fans from around the world who love all open source JavaScript projects, those that are part of the OpenJS Foundation and those that fall outside of our umbrella. Whatever your experience – or favorite library – JavaSciptLandia is a safe and easy entry point into this community for all.

We are looking for new perspectives and feedback from the vast community of JavaScript developers. That’s you! We’re looking forward to sharing everything that we’ve been doing and welcoming more of you to our meetings and various working groups. 

Full details here on the SUPPORTER PROGRAM repo.

Unite around the most popular programming language that brings a world of diversity among people and projects. Sign up today and you will go far as a JavaScriptLandian. 

To contact the team, please email