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SEDESOL Oportunidades Named 2014 Red Hat Innovator of the Year

Recognized for Innovative Use of Open Source and Mobile to Improve Well-being in Mexico


RALEIGH, N.C. – MAY 8, 2014 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced recently that SEDESOL Oportunidades, which strives to improve human development and well-being among the people of Mexico, has been named the 2014 Red Hat Innovator of the Year. The honor was bestowed on SEDESOL Oportunidades during the recent Red Hat Summit.

SEDESOL Oportunidades was recognized because of the organization’s innovative and effective use of Red Hat solutions. The organization used Red Hat’s tools to cost-effectively deploy a government survey on mobile devices while validating responses in real-time. The research provided SEDESOL Oportunidades with information that could help in promoting equality and overcoming poverty in Mexico.

Red Hat Summit 2014 attendees and the online community selected SEDESOL Oportunidades for the award out of a pool of five finalists, all of which use open source to bring innovation to their respective industries. The other finalists included the Centre for Railway Information Systems; Nanyang Technological University; Hennepin Home Health Care; and OSDE Binario. Each of these organizations use Red Hat solutions, such as Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and Red Hat JBoss Middleware, across a wide range of industries, including transportation, education, and healthcare.

Supporting Quotes
Emilio Patricio Gomez, deputy director, Information Systems and Technological Development, National Coordination, Human Development Program Oportunidades
"As we determined the need for scalability in our datacenter, we realized we required more enterprise-ready tools and functionalities, along with assistance and support. Red Hat provided the ideal solution, and we are honored to have been selected as the 2014 Red Hat Innovator of the Year."

Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat
"So many companies are using Red Hat solutions in innovative and highly effective ways that it becomes increasingly difficult to select just one as Red Hat Innovator of the Year. SEDESOL Oportunidades rose to the top because of the way the organization used a unique combination of Red Hat’s open source solutions and mobile to make a difference in Mexico. We’re excited to recognize the great work of SEDESOL Oportunidades and the other finalists, each of which showcased innovative uses for open source solutions."

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