Bill Venners receives community award

Thursday 25 June 2015


We are pleased to announce that the Phil Bagwell Memorial Scala Community Award for 2015 has been awarded to Bill Venners. The award was presented in Amsterdam at the outset of Scala Days.

Bill is known to Scala users as:

  • creator of ScalaTest, a popular open-source test framework first released in 2008, as well as other tools and libraries such as Scalactic
  • co-author of the first Scala book, Programming in Scala (Artima)
  • founder of Artima, which continues to publish Scala-themed books, and hosted Scala-themed blogs and forums which were important in spreading the news about Scala in its early years
  • friendly and tireless conference-goer, presenter, and trainer

The Bagwell Award is named in honor of Phil Bagwell, who passed away in 2012. In a 2012 blog post, Martin Odersky remembers Phil and his special place in the Scala community.

Past winners of the award: