Housekeeping-type post – book compo results, awards, dinner.

We won another award! That’s three in two weeks; we’re very shocked and very pleased. This is the BASDA Theo von Dort award, which Eben was given at the Software Satisfaction Awards 2012 ceremony we were embarrassingly late for last night (we made it for the awards, but we missed most of dinner thanks to a gridlocked A1). Thank you to everybody at BASDA who voted for us – and especially to Kevin Hart, who must have been having kittens when we didn’t turn up initially.

On the right of Eben is Gyles Brandreth, who made my night when he gave Raspberry Pi a shout-out when he started his after-dinner speech. I can die happy now. Apologies for quality – photo taken with my phone, and the digital zoom is pants.

If you want to vote for us in another set of awards (we’re up against Sir Alan Sugar in this one, and he’s been raising support via Twitter, so I am perfectly sanguine about posting a link here), the voting for the V3 awards closes in a couple of days. We’re up for project of the year, and we’d really appreciate your vote!

We’ve finished judging the book contest! The summer coding contest results will be coming within a few weeks too; we’ve checked all the output, and poor Rob, now freshly off a plane, will be combing through the code over the next little while as well. Sorry for the delay on both; the book contest was late because we’ve only just got the box of author copies. We weren’t able to choose a single entry to win, because there were so many great ones, so the winners are (in no particular order):

Colin Cameron
Dan Ringer
Paul Harrap
Mark Hamersma

Can you all email me with the heading “I won a book!” at [email protected], including your real names and addresses?

We had a board meeting! There’s not much content I can discuss here yet from that meeting, but I thought you’d like to see what the Foundation’s trustees look like when full of Cambridge University roast beef and port. Here we are in the Wilberforce Room at St John’s College, some of us a bit tiddly, enjoying the dinner that represented the aftermath of the meeting.

From left to right: Martin Cartwright (finance director), Prof Alan Mycroft (university), Pete Lomas (hardware genius), David Braben (Elite, Frontier, BBC Micro), Eben Upton, Jack Lang (university, business school, chair of board), Alex Bradbury (not a trustee, but our lead developer and generally way more smiley than he is in this picture). Dr Rob Mullins is missing, as the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted. He was at home looking after a poorly child.

I should point out that most of our working life is not, in fact, conducted in suits or black tie, in the midst of a lot of silverware and expensive crystal, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. (Right now I am drinking from a mug that says I ♥ Vegas and sitting on a beanbag.)