Red Hat Announces the Second Annual Red Hat Innovation Awards


United States, April 1, 2008

Awards will recognize creative technical achievements with Red Hat solutions

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the launch of the second annual Red Hat Innovation Awards, designed to honor the creative use of Red Hat solutions by customers, partners and the community. The Innovation Awards will recognize six category winners and one Innovator of the Year at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, Mass. taking place June 18-20, 2008.

Innovation Award winners will be selected for their original approaches to improving processes, overcoming technology challenges and enhancing their bottom line with Red Hat solutions. The six Innovation Award categories include:

  • Delivered Value: Recognition of the impressive use of management tools, including Red Hat Network and JBoss Operations Network, to drive down TCO and increase ROI.
  • Enhanced Security: Recognition of the effective use of Red Hat solutions to heighten the security of IT systems.
  • Optimized Systems: Recognition of striking performance and scalability enhancements delivered by open source solutions.
  • Superior Alternatives: Recognition of the most successful migration from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives.
  • Extensive Ecosystem: Recognition of the use of Red Hat's expanding partner ecosystem to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.
  • Creative Use: Recognition of unconventional implementations of emerging technologies such as Fedora or other open source projects to create unique solutions.

Submissions for the Innovation Awards will be accepted until May 9, 2008. Each submission will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including: Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat; Sean Michael Kerner, journalist for; James Staten, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research Group; Matthew Aslett, Analyst, Enterprise Software at The 451 Group; and Michael Simpson, CTO of McKesson Provider Technologies, a 2007 Red Hat Innovation Award winner. The six category winners will be announced in early June. Of these winners, one will be selected as the Red Hat Innovator of the Year through online voting by the community. The announcement of the Innovator of the Year, in addition to recognition for each Innovation Award winner, will take place during an awards ceremony at the Red Hat Summit.

"We continue to see impressive innovations with open source technologies, and specifically Red Hat solutions, from our customers and within the community," said Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat. "It will undoubtedly be an exciting experience to serve as a judge for the Red Hat Innovation Awards and I encourage our customers, partners and other Red Hat solution users to submit their creative technology stories and share their successes with open source solutions."

For more information, or to submit a nomination for the Red Hat Innovation Awards, please visit For more information on the Red Hat Summit 2008 in Boston, visit

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