WordPress Co-founder wins Heinz Award
Houston-born Matt Mullenweg, WordPress co-founder, is set to receive the coveted Heinz Award. The ceremony is scheduled for October 4th, in Pittsburgh.
The Heinz Awards were started by Teresa Heinz in 1993 in order to honor her late husband, U.S. Sen. John Heinz. The awards were established to honor the great achievements in the fields of importance to the late senator. Each recipient of a Heinz Award receives $250,000. Now in its 21st year, Heinz Awards have recognized 128 people and awarded more than $25 million.
WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg is being honored with the Heinz Awards for Technology, the Economy, and Employment for his work on WordPress. The free, open source software has helped millions of people create their own websites, blogs, and apps ever since it’s 2004 introduction.
Currently, about a quarter of websites online use WordPress to power them. It’s not just small time bloggers that use the software, though. Big companies like Time Inc., The New York Times, and even Microsoft uses WordPess to build their websites.
Thanks to Matt Mullenweg, anyone can build a quality website with WordPress. It is obvious why the award is going to the WordPress co-founder.