The Golden Grot Awards

The Golden Grot Awards

The 2024 Golden Grot Award winners

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. The judges have finished their reviews, and the community has weighed in. Now it’s our honor to introduce the 2024 Golden Grot Award winners.
Ruben Fernandez (Personal category)

Ruben Fernandez (Personal category)

Ruben Fernandez built his dashboard to improve his daily commute in Atlanta, which can be drastically impacted by inclement weather and heavy traffic. He uses APIs and GTFS realtime feeds to pull in data from and the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority, as well as drive time and traffic information from Google Maps and Bing Maps. He also uses a Prometheus instrumentation library for Python to combine metrics and send them to Grafana Cloud via Grafana Agent.
Christopher Field (Professional category)

Christopher Field (Professional category)

Christopher Field’s dashboard monitors the growth of defects in steel alloys caused by exposure to radiation for next-generation nuclear fission reactors and fusion energy. Images from electron microscopes are streamed to a time series database and machine learning models are used to instantly identify defects. The dashboard is shared internally with Christopher’s Theia Scientific colleagues, and other variations are used by US Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories and research universities. Scientists, engineers, and researchers are saving up to 80% of the time it used to take to determine the suitability of an alloy.

Show us what you Grot

As part of GrafanaCON 2024 taking place 9-10 April in Amsterdam, we want to highlight the amazing Grafana dashboards our community creates on a daily basis.

The Golden Grot Awards recognize three top dashboards in two categories (personal and professional). One grand prize winner in each category will be treated to a trip to Amsterdam to be celebrated by their peers as they present their dashboard at GrafanaCON.

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How it works

  1. Dashboard Submissions Submit a maximum of one dashboard per category before February 9, 2024.
  2. Judges Vote Our panel of judges will vote on their top choices and narrow them down to a shortlist.
  3. Community Vote The entire Grafana community will have a chance to weigh in during a public voting period February 26 - March 1.
  4. Finalist Recognition The top three dashboards in each category will be showcased at GrafanaCON 2024.
  5. Winners Announced One grand prize winner in each category will receive a trip to the conference in Amsterdam.

Personal Category

(a.k.a. Dashboard confessionals)
Did you create a Grafana dashboard to monitor your sourdough starter, visualize your own fitness metrics, or keep tabs on another aspect of your personal life? We’d love to see it. If your dashboard was created outside of work, submit in this category.

Professional Category

(a.k.a. Dashboard professionals)
From monitoring maritime dredging vessels to unlocking the power of recruitment data, we’ve seen teams build dashboards to help meet KPIs, speed development, and smash performance goals. If your dashboard was created in a professional setting, submit in this category.
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We Grot your back with all the details

In order to be considered for a Golden Grot Award, your dashboard must be:

  • Created with Grafana
  • Live and currently maintained
  • Publicly shareable (either via link or screenshot; redactions OK)
Read the full terms and conditions for more information. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.
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What is a Grot?

Grot is a term of endearment for @grafanarobot, the helpful little bot that keeps the Grafana GitHub repo in order. According to legend, Grot was born from the flames and tears of broken dashboards – but never fear, Grot’s always there to save the day with issue triage and pull requests.
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A brief history of Grot

Our dino friend spent 65 million years in hibernation. Upon awakening, they found themselves having to re-learn everything they thought they knew about the world. Grot’s unique abilities to sift through the masses of issues and pull requests quickly proved invaluable to the Grafana community.

The inaugural Golden Grot Award winners

Nicky Sonnemans

Winner: Personal Category
Nicky Sonnemans
Nicky’s dashboard monitors the current state of the European energy infrastructure, specifically current and historical information regarding gas storage, physical flow of gas throughout Europe, electricity generation, and energy prices. Based in the Netherlands, he created the dashboard so he could easily spot any irregularities in the energy data, and he said it shows that “Grafana can be used as a business intelligence tool and not just for technical monitoring and server monitoring.”

Raymond Sowden

Winner: Professional Category
Raymond Sowden

Raymond lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has been working in the IT field for about 25 years. He is a senior technical engineer at RadixTrie and specializes in managing Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE) software suite. He created his award-winning Grafana dashboard to solve a big observability problem at work: “There was no single pane of glass to monitor JDE, so our dashboard gives us unparalleled insights into the overall health and performance of JDE.”

To see the full Golden Grot Awards presentation at GrafanaCON 2023, watch the Opening Keynote on demand.