Josh Suereth receives community award

Monday 25 September 2017


We are pleased to announce that the Phil Bagwell Memorial Scala Community Award for 2017 has been awarded to Josh Suereth. The award was presented in the UK’s Lake District at Scala World 2017.

Josh has been a prominent member of the Scala community ever since the early days of the language’s commercial adoption. He is known to Scala users as:

  • author of Scala in Depth and co-author of sbt in Action, both published by Manning
  • maintainer of the sbt build tool for several years at Typesafe (the company now known as Lightbend)
  • leader or contributor to numerous other open source Scala projects including scala-arm, pickling, and assorted sbt plugins
  • cohost of the Scalawags podcast (and its predecessor, The Scala Types)
  • a friendly and tireless conference-goer and presenter (and organizer of the Scala Lift Off unconference in Virginia in 2009)
  • a positive force on nearly every online medium devoted to Scala – mailing lists, chat rooms, Twitter, you name it – answering any and all questions with tact and humor

Here’s a three minute video of friends and colleagues paying tribute to Josh. The video was shown when the award was presented.

Josh’s surname is pronounced “Suereth”.

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: