World Robot Olympiad today named Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, as a Gold Sponsor for the forthcoming World Robot Olympiad finals.

After having been involved in growing a WRO robotics program in South Africa in 2019, Mark Hosking, Head of Emerging Technology Sales for Red Hat in CEMEA, witnessed WRO’s impact on the lives of kids first hand. He also saw a cultural fit between Red Hat’s commitment to open principles and communities and WRO’s drive to create an inclusive and open technology world for students. This has now resulted in a formalized global collaboration between Red Hat and WRO, starting with Red Hat’s sponsorship of the upcoming Final.

“WRO wants to create opportunities where none exist today, which is an aspiration that Red Hat also subscribes to,” says Hosking. “Encouraging WRO participants to embrace open principles in how they create, build and share their robots helps foster an emerging global community that builds on the tenets of open source.”

Gold sponsor for global event

The event that Red Hat is a Gold Sponsor for is The World Robot Olympiad international final. Delegations travel from all parts of the world to participate in the big event and to make new friends from other countries. In a normal year over 400 teams join the competitions, and more than 2,500 people visit the event. National organizers bring in experienced volunteer judges to help make the competitions possible, and countless local volunteers do their best to give the international delegations a memorable experience. This year it takes place online, but usually the event is hosted by a member country.

Local presence and open source methodologies

Red Hat employs over 19.000 people around the world and there is a passion within the organisation to give back. This encompasses volunteering locally at WRO’s robotics competitions as well as integrating beneficial open source methodologies, curriculums, kits, and practices from Red Hat initiatives such as Co.Lab, a STEM learning experience that introduces young students to the power of collaboration, community, and open source, which the WRO platform is perfect for. WRO’s Secretary General Claus Ditlev Christensen says:

“WRO is a proven and tested platform with close to 90 countries, reaching over 90,000 students annually. It makes perfect sense to leverage some of Red Hat’s open source methodologies through the WRO platform.”

Share it back

The collaboration between Red Hat and WRO is aimed at furthering the mission of both organisations as both seek to empower and inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders. One way to achieve this is by creating community contributors: if WRO students take what they learn and share it back in their community, that will help the world at large.

Going forward WRO and Red Hat plan to collaborate further around the curriculum development for a STEM Academy, a WRO-backed online learning institute focused on nurturing real-world technical skills that will launch in 2022.

For more information

World Robot Olympiad
Claus Ditlev Christensen, Secretary General