Hildon Foundation/Board candidate declarations for June 2013

This page lists every candidate in the June 2013 Hildon Foundation Board of Directors election, in alphabetical order. A brief summary of their declaration is given, along with a link to their full position and a link to individual Q&A responses where appropriate.


Ryan Abel (GeneralAntilles)

"I have one goal in mind in running for the Hildon Foundation Board: to help make keeping maemo.org running as painless as possible.

"Long-term, the community may need to branch out. An obsolete, unsupported platform is not going to provide the fertile soil to maintain a vibrant community forever. But, ultimately, any growth into new focuses must be organic and bottom-up. Strategic partnerships with Jolla, Canonical, Qt or whomever established by the Hildon Foundation will not be productive unless a large percentage of the community's interest is focused on those things."[1]

Rüdiger Schiller (chemist)

"For those who are not aware of who I am yet; I am sitting member and Chairman of our Hildon Foundation Council and Maemo Community Council. Lead Administrator of talk.maemo.org and therefor admin of our forum.

"This year will bring and already brought changes to our community and we need to remain active and vital. I'd like to see a full body for BoD so please nominate any people trustworthy, even yourself!"[2]

Craig Woodward (Woody14619)

"My views on the community and it's future are very similar to many already expressed by many candidates already. We need am immediate focus on the present, both in keeping current services running and getting the legal items needed to continue to function as an independent entity. For future goals, we as a community will naturally grow toward another platform as Maemo ages. Weather that is Jolla, a MeeGo device, an independent start-up, or something as yet not even visible in the market place, in the end that's for the community to decide. But I'm willing to bet that the direction will be pretty uniform when it happens."[3]

Krzysztof Kuska (fw190)

I'm nominating myself so we have 4 candidates and can proceed with the voting ;)

Andrew Flegg (Jaffa)

"I accept. It's nice to feel appreciated

My time recently has recently been at a premium with a relocation to (very sunny[1]) southern California with work. However, this weekend we're moving in to our new house and - apart from a mass of Ikea building and waiting for shipping - things should calm down.

My view of the Board is that it's there to support the Council in whatever ways they require; whilst advising them with my long-term community involvement, and professional experience. I'm an IT consultant working in the asset finance industry, and have worked at a number of different companies. I believe my professional experience, as well as open source contributions, will well place me for the responsibilities a Board position requires.

I do not believe it should be the policy of the Hildon Foundation to chase any open source or mobile phone project looking for approval and continuation. We have a large community of N900 and N9 users - as well as a strong-collection of N8x0 users. I believe the primary purpose of the Foundation is to ensure these devices is supported. A secondary purpose is to foster additional devices (such as Joerg's suggestion to the OpenMoko community earlier today on maemo-community[2]) and to try to ensure the community's continuation. As an example, I encouraged Ash Nazir (when he was working at BlackBerry) to reach out to the Qt and Maemo/MeeGo communities to provide a bridge to BlackBerry 10 - for those who wanted it.

I would be honoured to serve on the Hildon Foundation Board, and would hope that the stumbling start it experienced can be solved with board members who understand Maemo, having been involved in the Maemo community for a long time.

Thanks for reading, if anybody has any questions (for me - or any other candidates), please do not hesitate to ask.

Best wishes,



Gido Griese (win7mac)

I am nominating myself for HiFo Board of directors. Further info on my person and incitement will follow shortly. Basically I want to make sure this election actually can be held.


  1. Ryan Abel's nomination
  2. Rüdiger Schiller's nomination
  3. Craig Woodward's nomination
  4. Andrew Flegg nomination