Community Council/Council election September 2012/Candidate declarations

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# [ Joerg Reisenweber / joerg_rw]
# [ Niel Nielsen / nieldk]
# [ Si Howard / howard] - pending karma recalculation
== Candidates for September 2012 foundation Board of Directors elections ==
== Candidates for September 2012 foundation Board of Directors elections ==
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# [ Randall Arnold / Texrat]
# [ Randall Arnold / Texrat]
# [ Tim Samoff / timsamoff]
# [ Tim Samoff / timsamoff]
# [ Si Howard / howard] - pending karma recalculation
== Candidate declarations ==
== Candidate declarations ==

Revision as of 19:15, 30 September 2012


Candidates for September 2012 Maemo Community Council elections

  1. Iván Gálvez Junquera / ivgalvez
  2. Joerg Reisenweber / joerg_rw
  3. Niel Nielsen / nieldk
  4. Si Howard / howard - pending karma recalculation

Candidates for September 2012 foundation Board of Directors elections

  1. Craig Woodward / woody14619
  2. Iván Gálvez Junquera / ivgalvez
  3. Joerg Reisenweber / joerg_rw
  4. Niel Nielsen / nieldk
  5. Randall Arnold / Texrat
  6. Tim Samoff / timsamoff
  7. Si Howard / howard - pending karma recalculation

Candidate declarations


I'm Woody14619 on TMO and currently a member of the Maemo Council.

During my last run for Council, my stated intention was to increase the visibility and transparency of the operation of Council. During my term, I saw to it that there were weekly open meetings with minutes presented to the community on the Council blog (usually in a timely fashion). I also got involved in a number of other activities that were Council and community related, and hope that those efforts have been (and will continue to be) seen as positive steps taken to help the community.

Unfortunately, my day job has begun to cycle up for it's typical busy season of October through March. Part of the reason I agreed to run for the current cycle was because I knew I would have the time to dedicate in the summer period. I equally know that my time will be limited for the next cycle.

As a result, I do not feel it would be beneficial to the community for me to run for Council again this cycle. I will not have the time to invest as I did this cycle, beyond offering the minimal service of creating meeting minutes. If someone else nominates me, I will stand for the position, but I will not nominate myself knowing the limited time I will have for the position.

I would however, like to nominate myself for the Board, with that caveat that my participation would be minimal for the October to March time frame. That alone will probably find me last in the list, meaning I would not be on the Board unless several others nominate themselves at the last minute. None the less, I would like to apply.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, I pledge to offer any aid I can to the next Council and/or Board, and will make efforts to continue to participate in any public meetings of both bodies.


I'm known as ivgalvez at TMO and I'm currently member of the Maemo Council. I joined this community in September 2011, just after receiving my N900, and I started to participate in it, with a passion and interest I haven't felt before in any other open source community I knew.

As current Council Member, I feel that I have the responsibility to help finishing the transition process to a self sustained NFP entity that we have started. I am one of the three signers in the articles of incorporation, with Woody14619 and SD69, and I think that I should help in the first steps of foundation as an independent entity.

I also joined the Council with high hopes for fixing the long-standing problems we have with the infrastructure, but we haven't succeeded yet. In fact, this was my main goal when I run for latest Council election, now I only hope that with a real entity (Board) sustaining the community, we could have better results in the upcoming months.

Considering the low number of candidates we have at this moment, I have finally decided to run for both groups, Board and Council, despite my public preference about having separate groups.


since I'm short of time right now (alas this won't change for whole term, I promise), I just like to post a "I accept" here, since ivgalvez pushed me by mentioning there's only 5h left to do so. Plus I add a self-nomination for board, since I think there's much of synergy to be exploited and board is the more enjoyable position in my book anyway.

I'm not promising I'll invest more of my time than available (which is pretty little, maybe even as small as 2h/week) into either of both, and I'm accepting just to not let maemo down. No self-advertisements here right now, those who know me will also know whether to vote for me or not. Just one statement: In my book both council and board are *services* brought to community since community needs them. I'm not interested in any "internal" power (definitely falsely) attributed by some to either of those positions, I will exploit all the power/opportunities that such a position might give, to bring maemo ahead or at least keep it alive. But I'm neither maemo's master nor your referee, and I hope you'll call me out on that if ever my notion regarding that seems to have changed. I'm ready to help as much as my spare time and knowledge allows, and that's it. I'm not promising to become a better diplomat, I know my soft skills are poor regarding that, please excuse me already. Nor will I hold back with my notions regarding particular details of development or maintenance. I think and hope I could still act as a normal community member regarding that, and I hope you won't read every of my comments like I had a council hat on, it doesn't fit my head ;-). Now it's up to you.


I'm known as nieldk at TMO and I'm currently member of the Maemo Council. I joined this community just after receiving my N900, and I started to participate in it when development for mobile backtrac started. Since i later obtained the n9 my focus is on the Harmattan platform,especially kernel development.

As current Council Member, I feel like my fellow councelars, that I have the responsibility to help finishing the transition process to a self sustained NFP entity that we have started.

I also joined the Council with high hopes for better relationship with Nokia and more focus on the Harmattan platform. Due to the new situation in Nokia, this has largely failed, since focus had to shift to keep our community at all. Also, lately, I ran into some serious personal matters in my relationship with my wife, which have taken quite a serious amount of time to solve -happy to say it has settled now to a more stable situation.


Like my good friend Tim Samoff, I am submitting myself as a candidate for the Hildon Foundation board.

Those who know me are familiar with my qualifications. For those who don't, here's a synopsis:

  1. Former Nokia quality engineer for early Maemo devices
  2. Prominent member of N800 launch team
  3. Early member of Internet Tablet Talk and; helped develop community
  4. forum moderator
  5. creator of Maemo (and MeeGo) Greeters program
  6. MeeGo community office member; created and coordinated device program
  7. 3-term council member
  8. 2 term (and current) Nokia Developer Champion

Regardless of where my career and interests have taken me, I am a strong advocate of open source, both software and hardware. In addition to Maemo and MeeGo involvement, I am also heavily plugged into 3D printing communities and pushing for increased opportunities for community contributions to device ecosystems (phone cases, sim card adapters, etc).

I've been very concerned with the negative tone I see permeating our community and i would like to see us work at dispelling that. We started as a can-do collective of passionate, talented people and I would like to see that spirit renewed. I have hope that the Hildon Foundation will be sufficiently empowered to turn this thing around!


While I've been silent on the mailing list and TMO for a while, I've continued to lurk and participate in other venues like Twitter and Facebook. In fact, I still submit Maemo news to often.

But, that's all moot in my mind.

Most of you who know me will hopefully agree that I am passionate, dedicated, hard working member who has put countless time and effort into the Maemo cause. I have served on three terms of the Maemo Community Council (one of those terms as the Chair); I have spearheaded several community efforts (the m.o website redesign, contests, application development, UI/UX improvement, conferences, etc.); I have presented talks; I've volunteered; etc.

Most of your who know me will also know that none of this work was done from a developer's point of view. I came to the Maemo Community as a user (the N800 was my first Maemo device) and that's how I initially got involved. My first involvement was in the discussion forums (back then it was still itT) [0]. Then, I moved on to lodging bug reports [1]. Then, since I am a designer, I began helping folks with graphics and UI design. The list could go on and on, but my main point is just that I am really still who I was back when my N800 first arrived in the mail: a passionate user. In fact, my main handset (by choice, not by necessity) is the Nokia N950.

One must possess 100 Karma points or more to be nominated for this position. I have 1,586 [2].

While I haven't been interested in taking part in Council business over the last couple of years, I am still very interested in seeing the advancement of (and even helping to steer) the community into the future. I don't see a lot of hope for Maemo as a specific "product" of any sort (which, in the end, may end up disqualifying me from running for this position), but I am still very hopeful for the community at large. Maemo is more than just a product anyway, it's a philosophy. And, more than any other open source community that I've been involved with, Maemo community members are the most transparent, dedicated, and involved in the life of that philosophy.

I would be honored to come back aboard with a group of whose job is to negotiate this community's future.