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Red Hat open source awards for two women

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Red Hat has made presentations to two women under its Women in Open Source Award initiative which was started by the company last year.

This year's awards were given to Jessica McKellar, director of engineering and chief of staff to the vice-president of engineering at Dropbox, and Preeti Murthy, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University.

Nominations for the awards were accepted in two categories - academic and community - and presented at the annual Red Hat summit that took place in San Francisco in the last week of June.

McKellar began making contributions to open source as an intern at VMware before becoming a kernel engineer at Ksplice. She has involved in open source software development for seven years.

A co-founder and vice-president of engineering at Zulip, which was later acquired by Dropbox, she created an introduction to Python video course for O'Reilly Media, created and taught popular Boston Python workshops for women, and organised the world's largest Python user group.

She delivered a keynote at PyCon 2014 on the importance of programming education for young children, and ran a Python development sprint for new women contributors in San Francisco.

Murthy, who was recognised in the academic category, is studying for a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering and has been an open source contributor for more than three years.

As an undergraduate, she worked on the Mono open source cross-compiler project as part of her thesis.

Murthy joined IBM's Linux Technology Centre soon after earning her bachelor's degree, where she worked for three years as a kernel developer. Her open source contributions include code, documentation, tutorials, and open content.

Winners will get a stipend of US$2500, with the suggested use being to support open source projects.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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