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Won MongoDB Innovation Award: Front Line Heroes 2021 “corona-cli”

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Humbled to share that Dev Ittycheria, CEO at MongoDB, has awarded me with the MongoDB Innovation Award 2021 for the category of Front Line Heroes. AH, open-source, Woohoo! ๐Ÿฅณ

Ahmad Awais Award Mongodb Corona Cli Frontline Heroes Innovation

Front Line Heroes Award: Ahmad Awais for The โ€œCORONA CLIโ€ Project – Awais built a CLI command-line tool to track COVID-19 in March 2020. As COVID-19 spread, the project termed โ€œcorona-cliโ€ became the number one trending repository on GitHub. To date, this project has served several billions of API requests making COVID stats accessible throughout the world with 53 different releases and extensive functionality built and contributed by 15+ developers.

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Official announcement ยท MongoDB YouTube ยท ๐Ÿ“ฐ Bloomberg: Eighth Annual MongoDB Innovation Award Winners Unveiled at MongoDB.Live 2021

The Story#

Well, I wouldn’t say I like to watch the news. So, when COVID hit โ€” I was the last person to learn that it’s something real. And then I started browsing things left and right โ€” trying to find the most authentic resource to check COVID stats. Didn’t find anything. So, I decided to build one, called corona-cli.

Little did I know it would go “viral” (no puns intended) and will end up serving over 3 Billion API requests from all over the world. One of the most exciting use-cases of this CLI was that a developer hooked it up on an LED in a couple of hospitals. I was like whaaat?! ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

This was before any COVID stats apps existed. Google was still working on creating something (remember when the president asked them to?) when my open-source COVID corona-cli got listed as one the most trending repository on GitHub. I was the #1 trending JavaScript developer on GitHub among 65M developers for a short while. It was a wild ride.

Jump to 2021, and I learned that my CLI project got nominated in the esteemed MongoDB Innovation Awards 2021 for the “Front line heroes” category. If you don’t know, MongoDB has a market cap of $37.72 Billion, and it’s the most famous NoSQL database company.

MongoDB Innovation Award 2021 Ahmad Awais

Humbled to share that I’ve won the MongoDB Innovation Award, just received it with an ultra-durable “world’s toughest” YETI Rambler Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated black coffee mug. It has a sizable handle, and because it’s a Rambler, I’m getting the drinkware that knows how to take a beating and still retain temperature, no matter the conditions.

Remember to open-source your projects, even if you think they’re only helpful for you. I had had instances where I created a useful project by accident and didn’t know yet โ€” when developers started using it, I’d realize “oh yes,” it can be used like that as well. That could be you.

MongoDB Innovation Award 2021 Ahmad Awais

Open-source has a place for youโ€ฆ

When I shared the pictures of a gold GitHub Stars Award I received from GitHub โ€” I got a lot of questions from the dev community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook (and in groups like this, this, and this) about how to get started with open-source, how do I find time to do that and more.

There are so many projects that would love more contributors. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the form of documentation, community management, writing code, or something else โ€” there’s always a place for you, for everyone.

If you find it hard to get started, I’d recommend you start by sharing bits and pieces of repeatable code snippets you write in more than one project. So many projects need help with documentation; if you’re a writer, you can contribute that way. No contribution is too small.

Use your code for good. Peace!

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๐Ÿ“Ÿ Edutainer at Node.js CLI Automation course (100 videos ยท 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course (over 20K devs). ๐ŸŽฉ Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate ๐ŸฆŠ Google Developers Expert Web DevRel ๐Ÿš€ Mars Ingenuity Helicopter code contributor ๐Ÿ† 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient ๐ŸŒณ Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator.

โœŒ๏ธ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide โ“ฆ WordPress Core Developer ๐Ÿ“ฃ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Satya Nadella ยท CEO of Microsoft, said โ€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
๐Ÿ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade ๐Ÿ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) โฏ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

๐Ÿ‘‹โ€ฆ Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais

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