Guerrilla Awards

The Guerrilla Awards are given to people or organisations who inspire by doing amazing things “guerrilla style”; meaning with what they had, where they were, without hesitation, and possibly outside-the-box.

In other words: This reward is for those who do not sit and wait, and doesn’t spend their time knocking doors for funding, but actually DO something.

The Guerrilla Awards comes with no money or any other benefits, besides the honour… the glory… the immortality…

Immortality

And the award goes to …

2003

Matt Mullenweg created the open source and freeware CMS WordPress, using his laptop, without funding. Today WordPress runs more than 20% of all websites in the world, being the single most popular CMS (Content Management System).

Matt Mullenweg

Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Mullenweg

2004

Joanne “Jo” Murray – known as J.K. Rowling – wrote the first Harry Potter book in cafés, using a portable manual typewriter, while being a single mom on wellfare.
In a 2001 BBC interview, Rowling denied the rumour that she wrote in local cafés to escape from her unheated flat, pointing out that it had heating. One of the reasons she wrote in cafés was that taking her baby out for a walk was the best way to make her fall asleep.
The book was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript. A year later she was finally given the thumb up by editor Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury Publishing.
Although Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book, Cunningham advised Rowling to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money in children’s books.

Joanne “Jo” Murray – known as J.K. Rowling

More info??? Don’t tell me you haven’t read the Harry Potter books!?!

2006

William Kamkwamba, 14 years old, build a homemade windmill, in his village Wimbe, in Malawi (south-east Africa), after finding all information in the village school library (sneaking in), and parts in the scrapyard. First the windmill was used to run a few electrical appliances in his home, later an electrical water pump, to irrigate the fields, improving the local farming conditions significantly.

Read William’s blog here: https://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/

2011

Laura Dekker sailed around the world, at the age of 14, in a 38 foot sailboat named “Guppy”.
She had basically no funding, and before departure she had a long struggle with authorities in her native Holland.
The experiences with the dutch authorities has led her to settle in New Zeeland, after the journey.

Laura Dekker

Read more at http://www.lauradekker.nl/English/Home.html

2012

OtiNaNai_Productions for producing “Super Demetrios”, the first Greek superhero film, made on a budget of € 2,000. The film won the audience award at the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, with the highest number of votes, in the history of the festival and became an instant cult classic.

Super Demetrios

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Demetrios

2013

Malala Yousafzai. Shot in the head by Taliban fighters, in Afghanistan, when she was only 15 years old. She survived miraculously. Since Malala has become an international symbol for girls education in developing countries. In 2014 she received the Nobel Peace Price.

Malala Yousafzai

Read more at https://www.malala.org/

2017

Sarah Meurle. The swedish teenage girl lived on a farm, surrounded only by gravel and dirt roads, so she singlehandedly build her own skatepark, in a barn.
This level of dedication has payed off, and in 2018 she was the awarded the ”European Female Skater of The Year”.

Sarah Meurle
2018

Hands down, no competition, the 2018 award goes to another Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg. Whatever you think of her opinions, or skipping school every friday, to demonstrate in front of the parliament in Stockholm, she has managed to twist the political focal point in most of the western world.
While the dominating political parties, lobby organisations and other “big players” were all focusing on immigration, Greta decided they should focus on climate issues.
She has received no funding or any other kind of backing, and has been armed with nothing but a cardboard sign and determination.

Greta Thunberg

Read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg