From left to right: First runner-up Sun Zi Qian from Shandong Agricultural University, China; overall winner Chia Yong Xiang from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore; and second runner-up Chen Mao Qing from Taipei Chien Hsin University, Taiwan. Credit to Red Hat.
Chia Yong Xiang, a student from Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic, was named the winner of Asia Pacific's third regional Red Hat Challenge.
With the theme of "Building the Next Cloud Generation," the competition tested the contestants' skills and knowledge in cloud computing, operating systems and virtualisation.
More than 3,400 students from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand participated in the competition which began in November 2013. However, only 12 finalists were selected to represent their schools in the final round, which took place on 14 December 2013 in Beijing.
All twelve finalists received a certificate of participation and an internship opportunity with Red Hat. As the winner, Chia received a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone and a winner's trophy on top of the certificate and internship opportunity.
The first runner-up was Sun Zi Qian from Shandong Agricultural University, China, and the second runner-up was Chen Mao Qin from Taipei Chien Hsin University, Taiwan.
According to Sachin Shridhar,director for Services of Red Hat Asia Pacific, the competition "offers an opportunity for students to gain new skill sets and expertise that will prepare them to meet real-world industry demands."
The challenge platform was developed entirely on open source technology, including Red Hat's public Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, OpenShift Online, and Red Hat JBoss Middleware. It was built by students from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, as part of Red Hat's initiative of empowering students with relevant skills and knowledge in cloud computing.
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