$2,000 Biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems
The Clinton Bedogni Prize for Open Systems was awarded for the first time in 2010 to the New Zealand individual (whether from academia or industry) who has made the greatest contribution to the field of Open Systems in the past two years. The definition of Open Systems is broad and includes interoperable systems with standards-based and well documented framework of functionality and interfaces - not necessarily, but preferably, Free and Open Source.
The $2,000 biennial Clinton Bedogni Prize in Open Systems is made possible through a memorial fund established by the Bedogni family in commemoration of their eldest son, Clinton Bedogni, who died in June 2005. Clinton had a deep passion for computers and at the time of his death had developed an intense interest and capability in the Free and Open Source Linux Operating System. The Bedogni memorial fund also supports in perpetuity the Clinton Bedogni Fellowship in Open Systems Research in the Department of Computer Science.
The Prize is envisaged to distinguish and encourage New Zealanders working in the Open Systems field.
"This fellowship and the Prize which will last some 20 years will be a huge boost for Open Systems in New Zealand. Given the small size and high expectation on the
delivery of IT in this country, open source might be a viable option in many sectors - especially eGovernment and eHealth projects. Unlike the mainstream software development
business, which is exclusively driven by money, open systems and open source software in particular puts first the human aspects in the centre and relies on a mix of goodwill,
talent and lots of hard work! Therefore this Prize, albeit not a big one, I hope will praise those brilliant minds and give some hope to us all for a better future...
I cannot wait to see the applications!"
- The inaugural Clinton Bedogni Fellow, Dr. Koray Atalag.