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Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems

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Faculty of Science
The University of Auckland

9 October 2012

Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems – last chance for entries

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems, proudly administered by The University of Auckland’s Department of Computer Science, will be announced at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2012 gala event on Wednesday 7 November in Wellington.

Endowed by the Bedogni family, the Clinton Bedogni Prize recognises world-class work in open systems and open source projects and research. It is designed to reward the New Zealander from industry or academia who has made the greatest contribution to open systems in the past two years.

There is still a chance to take part in the competition, and entries are welcome until the closing date of 31 October 2012.

“This year’s entries represent the best of the best,” says organiser Professor Robert Amor from the Department of Computer Science. “As a prestigious event that celebrates New Zealand’s high calibre of free and open source software development, the New Zealand Open Source Awards is a very appropriate occasion to announce the winner.”

“It was a great honour to receive the Clinton Bedogni Prize. New Zealand has a strong open source community and I look forward to finding out who will be the next recipient of the prize,” says Robert O’Callahan, who won the inaugural prize in 2010 for his contributions to Mozilla Firefox and open web standards. At the time of his award Mr O’Callahan had been a contributor to the Mozilla project for more than ten years and established Mozilla’s Auckland development office.

The biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize was established through a gift from the Bedogni family in memory of Clinton Bedogni. Clinton had a deep passion for computers and an intense interest and capability in Linux-based systems. The family’s gift also supports in perpetuity the Clinton Bedogni Fellowship in Open Systems Research in the Department of Computer Science.

The Clinton Bedogni Prize is open to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents, as individuals. The definition of Open Systems used for the prize is broadly interpreted, and refers to interoperable systems with standards-based and well documented framework of functionality and interfaces, not necessarily, but preferably, free and open source.

For more information, including the application form, visit


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