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Red Hat and IDA showcase young open source developers at the first Red Hat Challenge@Labs

Singapore team from Singapore Polytechnic bested 109 entries at this year’s competition held in Singapore


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced Tan Zai Wei, Lindon Ng and Preshant Achuthan of Team SmartHomie from Singapore Polytechnic as the winner of the first regional Challenge@Labs in Asia-Pacific, which took place on December 17, 2014, at IDA Labs at the National Design Centre, or IDA Labs@NDC in Singapore. The team’s winning entry SmartHomie bested 109 entries at this year’s competition. SmartHomie aims to battle climate change through an effortless Smart Home that will help homes save electricity with ease. Individuals can control their home appliances at anywhere remotely, monitor the amount of consumption they have spent on each appliance and turn them on and off at a specific time.

“To build Singapore into a Smart Nation, we need to promote a culture of experimentation and exploration. IDA Labs provide opportunities for tech-builders to work with leading tech companies such as Red Hat and their open-source platforms. The recent Challenge@Labs event showed us again how young Singaporean technologists are ready to help us build Singapore into the world’s first Smart Nation.”

Steve Leonardexecutive deputy chairman,Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Red Hat has sponsored the regional Red Hat Challenge competition since 2011, but relaunched the competition in 2014 as Challenge@Labs in collaboration with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

The theme of the competition, “Smart Living, Smart Homes,” focused on building smart cities of the future. The competition aimed to challenge students to develop smart home solutions using open source technology and address the challenges faced by individuals and enterprises today as they build these solutions. The vision for Singapore is to be a Smart Nation that enables better living, greater opportunities and stronger communities through technology. IDA Labs is one of the key initiatives that will spearhead this vision. The IDA Labs provide a platform for anyone to experiment, collaborate and build innovative products and solutions that address world challenges.

2014 also marked the first year that the competition was open to student teams from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. A total of 109 teams (251 students) from Asia-Pacific competed for the top cash prize of USD10,000 and an internship opportunity at Red Hat in Beijing.

The overall winner SmartHomie from Singapore impressed the judges with their innovative solution to help homes save electricity remotely.

Since its inception in 2011, Red Hat Challenge@Labs (and formerly, Red Hat Challenge) has provided the next-generation of IT professionals an opportunity to experience community-powered innovation through open collaboration and knowledge exchange on a regional platform where students get to work on real-world projects in an open source environment. The result is team of young developers equipped with useful skills required by the workforce, and a pool of working projects that are ready-for-use.

The Open Innovation Symposium, a platform to address core ideas on how open source can help organizations find effective ways to make sense of data explosion, was held in conjunction with the Red Hat Challenge@Labs finals. First launched last year by Red Hat, the conference this year extended the invitation to partners, students and technology professionals to push forward community-driven innovation across the region.

Tan Zai Wei, winner of Red Hat Challenge@Labs, Singapore Polytechnic

“It was a privilege to be a part of the Red Hat Challenge@Labs competition and even more exciting to be named winner. The team enjoyed the journey from brainstorming to execution. We hope that through this opportunity, we are able to create better lives for the public and a smarter solution for businesses with the use of open source.”

Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president and general manager, Red Hat Asia Pacific

“IDA's mission of spurring innovation and building Singapore towards being the world’s first Smart Nation aligns well with Red Hat. We are strongly committed to open source development and believe we can harness the power of technology to address pressing needs of our modern population. We are delighted by the opportunity to inspire young developers to participate in this challenge and to leverage their creativity to create and build platforms and applications to advance technology development in homes and lifestyles.”

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