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 to Nokia, and to act as a community conduit for Nokia-generated information."
Current: March 2010 - September 2010
Candidates | * Chair
Ryan Abel
Randall Arnold
Attila Csipa
Andrew Flegg
Javier S. Pedro
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.


Main article: Community Council/FAQ

Maemo Community Council members are unpaid volunteers who are not employed by Nokia Coporation. 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
  • Chairing the sprint meetings, and representing the community
  • 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 current Sprint.

Current hot topics

Issue Point of contact
Short-term goals for Maemo Andrew Flegg
QA improvements Attila Chipa
Auto-optification Andrew Flegg
Community outreach Randall Arnold
GSoC 2010 Valério Valério
PR1.2 SDK in autobuilder Javier Pedro

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

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