J.O.S.C.A.R winners announced at J and Beyond 2013

Guillermo Bravo Guillermo Bravo Kristoffer Sandven

Friday night, the JOSCARs ceremony took place here at the J and Beyond 2013 conference in the Netherlands.

Like previous years, the ceremony was presented by Brian Teeman, this year with the help of Nicholas from Akeeba Backup. Both of the guys actually won an award (Nic won two!), and they were helped by last year's winner of "Outstanding Personal Achievement" award, Ryan Ozimek.

The three Joomlaholics wore their beach outfits, in line with the event slogan "Joomla on the beach". In fact, a bike trip to the local beach for a party was planned for the evening - but the weather put a stop to that. The evening ended with a dinner in the hotel restaurant and a great party in the downstairs bar

Ask Jack Bremer if he was dancing... ;).

Outstanding Personal Achievement

In addition to the prizes mentioned below, a special jury had discussed two special prizes: "Outstanding Personal Achievement" and "Joomla Innovation of the Year". The jury told the audience that they had a hard time picking a winner in these categories, simply because there are so many worthy candidates.

For the "Joomla Innovation of the Year" award, the jury wanted to recognize the services that provide Joomla web site monitoring and upgrades. The jury said that they considered the monitoring services themselves an innovations. The prize was thus given jointly to the following companies, who had launced Joomla monitoring services in the last year:

  • Watchful.li (Victor Drover)
  • AdminCredible (Steve Burge and TJ Baker)
  • MyJoomla (Phil Taylor)

The Watchful.li teamThe Watchful.li team

The last, and most prestigious award, the one for  "Outstanding Personal Achievement", was given to one of 5 nominees the jury wanted to mention specifically for their achivements in the past years. The nominees were: 

  • Nick Savov
  • Guillermo Bravo
  • Elin Waring
  • Tom Hutchinson and George Wilson

The prize was presented to Guillermo Bravo. He came on stage and received the award, clearly moved and happy for receiving it. He said: "Bring people into the community - together we can do great thing. There is a big community of Joomla users in Latin America, but due to the language issues they never participate in the project or Joomla staff. It has been a big challenge to bring Spanish language to the Joomla Magazine." He then ended his speech with a short thank-you in Spanish.

The following prizes were given as a result of an online nomination and votes from the participants of J and Beyond 2013.

Free Joomla Add-ons

Cost-free extensions or tools, excluding templates

Commercial Joomla Add-ons

Paid extensions or tools, excluding templates

Nicolas from AkeebaNicolas from Akeeba

Joomla Template Systems

Free or commercial template frameworks or boiler-plates

Sacha and Steffan from YooThemeSascha and Steffan from YooTheme

Joomla Services

Joomla-specific services such as hosting, training, support, contracting, etc...


Corporate Web Sites

Web sites built for the corporate sector

The Stackideas teamThe Stackideas team

Non-corporate Web Sites

Web sites built for the non-corporate sector such as NGOs, non-profits and Government


eCommerce Web Sites

Web sites built for online storefront


Mobile Web Sites

Web sites built for the mobile web

Philip Loocke, JooStrapPhilip Locke, JooStrap

Github Junkie

Recognising core code contributions

  • David Hurley (winner)
  • Elin Waring
  • Mark Dexter
  • Nick Savov

David HurleyDavid Hurley

Communications Junkie

Participation in Joomla chat rooms, blogs and on social media channels

  • Brian Teeman (winner)
  • Dianne Henning
  • Nick Savov
  • Radek Suski

Brian TeemanBrian Teeman

Bug Junkie

Finding and/or fixing bugs on the tracker

  • Jean-Marie Simonet (winner)
  • Michael Babker
  • Nick Savov
  • Roberto Segura


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