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Nominations open for Women in Open Source award

RedHat reports that Linux purveyor Red Hat is now accepting nominations for the Women in Open Source Award. Created to highlight the achievements women making major contributions to an open source project, to the open source community or through the use of open source methodology, this award is the first of its kind.

The award celebrates all different kinds of contributions to open source, including:

  • Code and programming;
  • Quality assurance, bug triage and other quality-related contributions;
  • Involvement in open hardware;
  • System administration and infrastructure contributions;
  • Design, artwork, user experience (UX) and marketing;
  • Documentation, tutorials and other forms of communication;
  • Translation and other internationalisation contributions;
  • Open content;
  • Community advocacy and management;
  • Intellectual property advocacy and legal reform;
  • Open source methodology.

Nominees can qualify for one of two tracks:

  • Academic award: open to women enrolled in college or university; and
  • Community award: open to all other women.

    The Women in Open Source Academic Award winner will receive:

  • $2,500 stipend, with a suggested use of supporting an open source project or efforts; and
  • A feature article on

The Women in Open Source Community Award winner will receive:

  • Ticket, flight and hotel accommodation for the Red Hat Summit to be held in Boston, Massachusetts on 23rd-26th June 2015;
  • $2,500 stipend, with a suggested use of supporting an open source project or efforts;
  • A feature article on; and
  • Speaking opportunity at a future Red Hat Women’s Leadership Community event.

Nominations are open until 21st November. Judges from Red Hat will whittle down the nominees to a subset of finalists for both the Academic and Community awards, from whom the public will decide the winners. The winners will be announced in June during an awards ceremony at the 2015 Red Hat Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.