Red Hat Announces “Next Cloud Generation” Winner of the Third Regional Red Hat Challenge


December 16, 2013

Singaporean student emerged victorious beating over 3,400 participants this year

Singapore – 17 December 2013 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Chia Yong Xiang from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singaporeas the winner of Asia Pacific’s third regional Red Hat Challenge, which took place on Dec. 14, 2013, in Beijing.

This year’s third regional Red Hat Challenge attracted more than 3,400 students from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. With the theme of “Building the Next Cloud Generation,” the knowledge-based technology competition focused on the contestants’ skills and knowledge in cloud computing, operating systems and virtualization. The competition began in November 2013 and twelve finalists were selected to represent their schools in the final round.

In line with the objective of empowering students with relevant skills and knowledge in cloud computing, Red Hat engaged students from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, to build the competition platform. The challenge platform was developed entirely on open source technology, including Red Hat's public Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, OpenShift Online, and Red Hat JBoss Middleware.

Chia Yong Xiang received a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone, an internship opportunity with Red Hat, winner’s trophy and certificate of participation. Red Hat Challenge finalists will each receive a certificate of participation and an internship opportunity with Red Hat.

The first runner-up was Sun Zi Qian from China, and the second runner-up was Chen Mao Qin from Taiwan.

Red Hat Academy is a customized academic Linux curriculum designed for hands-on instruction and performance-based testing, which aims to prepare students undertaking related IT courses with a strong foundation for a career in the IT industry. Red Hat supports schools with 100 percent web-deployed and web-managed program, and technical expertise to start and sustain a Linux curriculum.

Red Hat is committed to working with local academic institutions to provide relevant and customized training programs to help prepare students – the future generation of IT professionals – with the relevant knowledge and skill set to address the market gaps and push for innovation within the IT industry and beyond.

Supporting Quotes
Sachin Shridhar, director, Services, Red Hat Asia Pacific
“Since the first year that we launched the challenge, we saw the number of participants double each year. This year, there were more than 3,400 sign-ups for the competition and we are very happy to see more tertiary institutions encouraging the students to participate. We recognize that there is an increasing demand for professionals in IT functions across Asia and through the challenge, Red Hat offers an opportunity for the students to gain new skill sets and expertise that will prepare them to meet real-world industry demands and enable them to become valuable members for the IT workforce.”

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