Nominations for 2017 Women in Open Source Awards Are Now Live

Third Annual Awards Sponsored by Red Hat to Honor Women Making Significant Contributions to Open Source

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has opened nominations for the 2017 Women in Open Source Awards. Now in its third year, the awards recognize women who are using open source technology in innovative ways or making significant and notable contributions to open source software projects and communities.


Every year, we see more of the impact that women have on open source – through development, community, education, and more.

DeLisa Alexander

executive vice president and chief people officer, Red Hat

The Women in Open Source Awards include two tracks: The Community track recognizes a woman who volunteers or works on open source software projects, while the Academic track honors one full-time student currently working on open source-related projects while enrolled in a university or college.

One winner for each category will be announced at Red Hat Summit 2017, to be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, May 2 – 4. Each winner will receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend;

  • Paid registration, flight, and hotel accommodations for Red Hat Summit 2017;

  • A featured speaker slot at an upcoming Red Hat Women’s Leadership Community event; and

  • A feature article on

Nominee experience and contributions can cover a wide range of open source-related categories, including:

  • Coding and programming;

  • Community advocacy and management;

  • Design, artwork, and user-experience (UI);

  • Documentation, tutorials, and other types of communications;

  • Intellectual property advocacy and legal reform;

  • Marketing;

  • Open content;

  • Open hardware;

  • Open source methodology;

  • Quality assurance;

  • System administration and infrastructure; and/or

  • Translation and other internationalization contributions.

Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 23, 2016, and anyone who identifies as a woman is eligible to apply. Finalists will be selected by judges, with winners being determined following a public vote.

Supporting Quote

DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer, Red Hat

“Every year, we see more of the impact that women have on open source – through development, community, education, and more. We are excited to showcase that work through this award and to honor two remarkable women whose contributions are advancing open source technology and inspiring other women.”  

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