Sunday, March 11, 2007

Red Hat just lost the chance to understand their core problem

The Red Hat Challenge:
"This is your opportunity to help solve a real-world business challenge posed by the standard-bearer in the open source software industry. The top submission will receive $20,000 in cash and an opportunity to present in-person to Red Hat management during the Red Hat Summit."


I understand your frustration at the limitations of the competition. While Red Hat wished to be as inclusive as possible, there are some restrictions on accepting ideas from people who are employed by another company at the time of the submission. Also, these intellectual property legalities vary from country to country. By targeting academia, Red Hat feels it can realize its goal of interacting with potential new recruits while being unencumbered by complicated international legalities which would arise when soliciting ideas from individuals under someone else's employ.
Unfortunately, we will have to remove your registration from our system. Thank you for your interest in the Challenge, and we regret not being able to include you.
Red Hat Challenge Team

On 3/7/07, Arun Jacob wrote:

I think it is ridiculous that this competition is open to only business school students, when most of the ideas people are not in business school.

I am not in a business school. [MO Business School = My own business schol.]
It would be great if you could accept outside nominations and count me as one of them.

Pls let me know if this is possible. I can send the details in that case.


On 3/7/07, Red Hat Challenge Support wrote:
Greetings Mr. Arun,

Thank you for registering for the Red Hat Challenge! Your account is missing some information that is needed to complete your registration. We were unable to identify your school based on the school name provided (MO Business School), and our records indicate we do not yet have a street address for you.

Please reply to this email and provide the following information so that we may update your account and complete your registration:

1) The full name and address (or website) of your school:
2) Your address:

Again, thank you for participating and Good Luck!
Red Hat Challenge Team

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