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Red Hat® Summit 2021 is expanding to fit your open source journey by featuring an all-new flexible approach. Designed to be more accessible than ever before, these events will provide a mix of innovation, collaboration, and learning opportunities.

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Virtual Experience

April 27-28, 2021

Join us to get the latest news and announcements, ask the experts your technology questions, and learn how open source is innovating the future of the enterprise.

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Virtual Experience

June 15-16, 2021

Gain insights from breakout sessions and technical content geared toward the topics most relevant to your career. You can also interact live with Red Hat professionals.

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September–December 2021

Cap your experience by exploring labs, demos, training offerings, and networking opportunities at in-person events that will be held in several cities.

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Featured speakers

Hear from executives, thought leaders, and innovative customers as they open their perspectives on opportunities, experiences, and challenges in open source technology at Red Hat Summit 2021 Virtual Experience. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements as the event approaches.

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Burr Sutter

Director, Developer Experience, Red Hat

A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology advocate, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between)—he is currently Red Hat’s Director of Developer Experience. A Java Champion since 2005 and former President of the Atlanta Java User Group, Burr founded the DevNexus conference—now the largest Java™ event in the U.S.—with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community. When not speaking at events, Burr is also the passionate creator and orchestrator of highly interactive live demo keynotes at Red Hat Summit, the company’s premier annual event.

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Chris Wright

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. He leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledgers.

Spending more than 25 years as a software engineer, and more than 15 years as a Linux® developer, Wright has worked in Linux security, virtualization, networking, and telecommunications, as well as high-availability and distributed systems. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next-generation IT systems.

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Matt Hicks

Executive Vice President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Matt Hicks is Executive Vice President of Products and Technologies at Red Hat. In this role, he is responsible for product engineering for much of the company’s portfolio, including Red Hat® OpenShift® and Red Hat Enterprise Linux®. He is one of the founding members of the OpenShift team and has been on the forefront of cloud computing ever since.

Prior to joining Red Hat 14 years ago, Hicks served in various roles spanning computer engineering, IT, and consulting. He has worked with Linux and open source for more than 20 years, and his breadth of experience has helped him solve customer and business problems across all areas of IT.

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Paul Cormier

Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Paul Cormier is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. He joined the company in 2001, driving major strategy shifts and expansion of the company’s portfolio of products and services since then.

Cormier helped pioneer a commercial business model for open source software, moving open source innovation from passionate communities to broad adoption, from the datacenter to the cloud. He led efforts to introduce an enterprise subscription model, leading to the development of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux.®

Cormier also led the vision for one open hybrid cloud platform that could span traditional, on-premise hardware to multiple clouds. He has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships, enabling technologies to work across hybrid enterprise IT environments and multiple clouds.

What you can expect

On April 27–28, Red Hat Summit 2021 kicks off by sharing content tailored to attendees from North America and Latin America (NA/LATAM); Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific (APAC). Our no-cost sessions will be aired live, then made available as part of our on-demand options immediately afterward.


Our Red Hat thought leaders, global customers, and partners address the current climate of open source and speak on the latest technology topics.

Ask the experts

Red Hatters share their experiences and answer questions on the topics most important to attendees.


Check out virtual demos that offer more in-depth, technical explorations of our products and technology.

Customer and partner spotlights

Red Hat customers and partners share examples of how open source technology and software has helped address business challenges.

Vision sessions [NEW]

Our partners, customers, and experts help attendees prepare for the future of open source technology.

Fundamental sessions [NEW]

Red Hatters provide the building blocks of open source technology for those looking to expand their knowledge base.


With an interactive guest speaker, live music, and health and wellness offerings, Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience balances digital learning with fun networking opportunities.

Recommended schedules


April 27  10:00 am - 2:30 pm ET
April 28 10:00 am - 1:30 pm ET


Option 1
April 27  4:00 pm - 8:30 pm CET
April 28  2:30 pm - 5:00 pm CET

Option 2
April 28  10:00 am - 5:00 pm CET


April 28  10:30 am - 4:00 pm SGT

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See last year’s highlights

Red Hat Summit 2020 Virtual Experience and Red Hat Summit Virtual Experience: Open House featured keynotes, breakout sessions, and collaboration opportunities designed to inspire and engage a global audience. Our experts were on hand to discuss the latest developments in open source, hybrid cloud, cloud-native development, automation, and so much more.

You can still access our virtual conference programming on demand. As we prepare for our 2021 event, relive the moments that helped all of us move forward and unlock our potential.

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Award-winning attendees

Red Hat Summit gives us the opportunity to recognize innovative individuals and companies that lead by example.

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Congratulations to Fabrice Harbulot, the 2020 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.

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Congratulations to Vodafone Idea Limited, the 2020 Red Hat Innovator of the Year.