Community Council

The Maemo Community Council is a five-person body chosen by the Maemo community. The Council's mission is to "represent the Maemo community's best interests, and to act as a community conduit for Nokia-generated information."
Current: September 2015 - March 2016
Candidate Declarations
Candidates | * Chair | Stepped down
Halit Bal*
Jussi Ohenoja
Peter Leinchen
Bernardo Reino
Gido Griese
October 2014 - September 2015
William McBee (gerbick)
Jussi Ohenoja (juiceme)
Alexander Kozhevnikov (Mtraceur)
Peter Leinchen (peterleinchen)
Oksana A. Tkachenko* (Wikiwide)
May 2014 - October 2014
Joerg Reisenweber (joerg_rw)
Jussi Ohenoja (juiceme)
Niel Nielsen (nieldk)
Peter Leinchen* (peterleinchen)
Philippe Coval (rzr)
October 2013 - May 2014
Rüdiger Schiller (chemist)
Joerg Reisenweber (joerg_rw)
Jussi Ohenoja* (juiceme)
May 2013 - October 2013
Rüdiger Schiller* (chemist)
Christian Ratzenhofer (merlin1991)
Joerg Reisenweber (joerg_rw)
Michael Demetriou (qwazix)
Aakash Sadh (thedead1440)
October 2012 - May 2013
Alexander Kozhevnikov* (Mtraceur)
Joerg Reisenweber (joerg_rw)
Ivan Galvez Junquera (ivgalvez)
Michael Demetriou (qwazix)*
Niel Nielsen (nieldk)
May 2012 - October 2012
Piotr Jawidzyk (Estel)
RM Bauer (sd69)
Ivan Galvez Junquera (ivgalvez)
Craig Woodward (woody14619)*
Niel Nielsen (nieldk)
October 2011 - May 2012
RM Bauer (sd69)*
Momcilo Majic (momcilo)
Jeremiah Foster (jeremiah)
March 2011 - October 2011
Randall Arnold (Texrat)
RM Bauer (sd69)
Alan Bruce (qole)
Felipe Crochik (fcrochik)*
Attila Csipa (Achipa/Attila77)
September 2010 - March 2011
Attila Csipa (Achipa/Attila77)
Andrew Flegg (Jaffa)
Andrea Grandi (andy80)
Tim Samoff (timsamoff)*
Kathy Smith (revdkathy)
March 2010 - September 2010
Ryan Abel (GeneralAntilles)
Randall Arnold (Texrat)
Attila Csipa (Achipa/Attila77)
Andrew Flegg (Jaffa)*
Javier S. Pedro (javispedro)
September 2009 - March 2010
Randall Arnold (Texrat)
Alan Bruce (qole)
Graham Cobb (gcobb)
Matthew Lewis (penguinbait)
Valério Valério (VDVsx)*
March 2009 - September 2009
Ryan Abel (GeneralAntilles)
Alan Bruce (qole)
Andrew Flegg (Jaffa)*
Kees Jongenburger (keesj)
Tim Samoff (timsamoff)
Inaugral: September 2008 - February 2009
Ryan Abel (GeneralAntilles)*
Andrew Flegg (Jaffa)
Eduardo Lima (etrunko)
Simon Pickering (lardman)
Tim Samoff (timsamoff)


Get in contact

Open communication is one of the core values of the Maemo Community Council, both to serve as an example to Nokia and because it's the right thing to do. All communication is open by default.

  • Community-related news, announcements, and calls for participation are summarized in the Council blog.
  • Council blog posts are syndicated to the Community subforum at Talk with a [Council] tag.
  • If you have a community-related idea or issue, please post it in the Community subforum at Talk.
  • Finally, Council members are usually present over IRC at and are always happy to chat with you.

If you've posted something and want to ensure the council sees it; please email


Main article: Community Council/FAQ

Maemo Community Council members are unpaid volunteers who are not employed by Nokia Corporation. Likewise, the Council has not signed a non-disclosure agreement NDA with Nokia. Maemo Community Council elections are held every six months.

Council work

In addition to being committed community members (and all that entails), some of the specific responsibilities of the council include:

  • Facilitation: making sure that one portion of the community knows what is going on in another
  • Representing the community with regards to the paid contributors
  • Hiring of staff
  • Pushing to expand the community through organic growth
  • Being able to represent the community to Nokia, especially when dealing with sensitive information; for example, attendance at N900 launch as community reps.
  • Backup mentors for the Google Summer of Code participation.

To keep track of the ongoing work, see the council blog and the summary below.

The current (Q2 2014) council has decided to have a wiki page for there ongoing agenda.

The remit of the council revolves around the issues of the Maemo community. The council is not a consumer advocacy group (save for exceptional circumstances) as Nokia believes they have comprehensive consumer feedback mechanisms already. For example, the council can:

The council cannot:

  • Change Nokia's commercial decisions regarding end-user commercial grade MeeGo support on the N900.
  • Force Adobe/Nokia to release Flash 10.1.

Current hot topics

Issue Point of contact
Councils become finally one! chemist
QA improvements Attila Csipa
Fremantle Developer Device Queue Ryan Abel
Extras-Ovi collaboration (i.e. Python in Ovi) Attila Csipa
Community SSU Andrew Flegg
Community fund Andrew Flegg

If you think a specific, high-level topic is missing from this table, please get in touch.

Recent blog posts

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Past Highlights

Election Process

Main article: Community Council/Election process

The 5 council members will be elected by the community. Elections are open to community members with an account over 3 months old and karma of 10 or more. Candidates can be anyone with a karma of 100 or above.

A list of eligible candidates will be published a few weeks before the elections. Based on this, a list of candidate declarations is put together.

Changes to the process require a referendum, a list of community referenda can be found on the above page.


  1. 2008-09-20: Presentation used at Maemo Summit 2008: "Introducing the Maemo Community Council"
  2. 2010-04-02: Avatar: Maemo Community Council avatar for