The 2018 Awards Poll

This was the sixth annual awards poll run by RISCOSitory, along with a survey (results still to be calculated), on the RISC OS Awards website.

Continuing the policy started for the 2014 poll, while the poll was nominally for 2018, the period covered was from November 2017 until December 2018, providing a two month overlap.

The poll was again opened for votes later than intended, though slightly earlier than last year, on 10th February, and was closed on 3rd May, giving people almost three months to make their choices. In that period, there were 120 valid entries, which was an improvement on the previous year, but still falling short of other years.

As before, the whole process has run smoothly. The interim votes were accessed on a variety of systems, but a RISC OS computer was used to perform all of the processing and counting, using a combination of a small program written in BBC BASIC and Colton Software's Fireworkz.

And the results of that processing can be found below - congratulations to all the winners!

The 2018 RISC OS Awards Results

Best commercial software

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 40% of the vote, is:
RiscOSM, from Sine Nomine.

Best non-commercial software

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 35% of the vote, is:
RDSP, from AMCOG Games.

 

Best game or diversion

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 38% of the vote, is:
Island of the Undead, from AMCOG Games.

 

Best hardware

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 40% of the vote, is:
the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, from the Raspberry Pi Foundation .

Best solution for backwards compatibility

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 36% of the vote, is:
Aemulor from Adrian Lees

 

Best new development

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 50% of the vote, is:
RISC OS being re-licenced under Apache licence

Best show of initiative

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 61% of the vote, is:
RISC OS Developments Ltd's purchase of Castle, and with it RISC OS.

 

Best website or online resource

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 61% of the vote, is:
The RISC OS Open website and forum.

Best publication or offline resource

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 49% of the vote, is:
The RISC OS 5 User Guide from RISC OS Open Ltd.

 

Best foreign language resource

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 52% of the vote, is:
RISCOS.fr.

Best show or event

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 44% of the vote, is:
The 2018 Wakefield Show.

 

Most innovative or interesting project

The nominations in this category were:

And the winner, with 56% of the vote, is:
R-Comp for the native RISC OS laptop previewed at the London Show.

Best overall contributor

This was the one category that didn't have any nominations, and instead relied on those people voting to suggest which individual, team or company they feel deserves recognition as having made a worthy contribution to RISC OS.

Of the 120 valid voting forms received, only 70 voters entered something for this field - and this year there was a wider spread of votes, with the overall winner receiving a notably lower share than previously. The top three, results, are:

  • In third place, with 14% of the vote: RISC OS Developments Ltd.
  • In second place, with 17% of the vote: Michael Grunditz.
  • In first place, with 34% of the vote: Jeffrey Lee.
 

Broken cog of the year

The nominations in this category were:

  • R-Comp - For their GDPR notice (see the !ReadMe in the linked post for why)
  • Archive Magazine - For its publishing schedule
  • Vince Hudd - For being so far behind with everything, especially this poll! (AGAIN)
  • CJE Micro's - For not attending the Southwest Show
  • Andrew Conroy - For trying to hide behind a piece of paper when I was taking photographs at Wakefield

And the winner, with 39% of the vote, is:
Archive Magazine for its publishing schedule.