Point Cloud Library (PCL) has been recognized with the Grand Prize of the 2011 Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge (www.ossaward.org). This is the 5th year for the World Challenge, whose purpose is to promote the development of open source software and to expand the interaction between open source communities all over the world. An international committee evaluated a total of 56 open source projects from 22 countries for this year's World Challenge. Their job must have been difficult because of the overall high quality of projects. The winners of the other four prizes were:
- the Shark Machine Learning Library project (a collaboration between the Institute for Neural Computation at Ruhr University Bochum, nisys Gmbh, the University of Copenhagen, and Honda Research Institute Europe)
- DIADEM (Oxford University, UK)
- USM Extract (University of Science, Malaysia)
- Meego Photo Sharing (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai)
The awards were announced at an inspirational event hosted by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy in Seoul, South Korea. High ranking officials from the Ministry and other parts of the government participated, gave talks, and handed out the prizes. Deborah Bryant gave the keynote talk on "Open Governments" and the use of open source software for the benefit of the general public. Willow Garage's Radu B. Rusu gave a talk about PCL, the Grand Prize winning project.