Red Hat Announces Creation of Women in Open Source Award

April 16, 2014

DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer, Red Hat

Red Hat has long been a proponent of advancing opportunities for women in technology. Today, at Red Hat Summit, we stepped forward to announce our sponsorship of the Women in Open Source Award. This new award program is dedicated to recognizing women’s contributions to open source and inspiring future generations of women to get involved.

While there are a number of awards that recognize valued contributions to the open source community, the Women in Open Source Award – unveiled today during our Red Hat Women’s Leadership Community Luncheon – is unique. It was created to shine a spotlight specifically on women who are making important contributions to open source project(s) or the broader open source community.

Join Red Hat in honoring the women who are helping to move open source forward and help us inspire more women to join the community.

Award nominations

The award will have two tracks: the Women in Open Source Academic Award, which will be open to those enrolled in college or at a university, and the Women in Open Source Community Award, open to those who are not enrolled in school. Both tracks will recognize women who use open source methodology or contribute to open source technology and communities, including, but not limited to:

  • Open source software
  • Open hardware
  • Free and open culture
  • Open standards
  • Open data

Relevant contributions could include:

  • Code contributions
  • Quality assurance, bug triage, and other quality-related contributions
  • Involvement in open hardware
  • System administration and infrastructure contributions
  • Design, artwork, and UX marketing
  • Documentation, tutorials, and other forms of communication
  • Translation and other internationalization contributions
  • Open content
  • Community advocacy and management
  • Intellectual property advocacy and legal reform
  • Open source methodology

The award is open to women and anyone who currently identifies as a woman. Red Hat employees are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations will open in Fall 2014. To nominate a woman or learn more about the award, visit Women in Open Source.

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