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Kesha Shah was awarded the academic Women in Open Source award by Red Hat Inc. (KeshaShah.com)

Kesha Shah, a student at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, was one of two women awarded the inaugural Women in Open Source award by Red Hat Inc.

The award was announced at the Red Hat Summit June 23.

Shah, along with fellow award winner Sarah Sharp, was part of a 10-finalist group, five in the academic and five in the community categories. The winners of each group were chosen by a nine-judge panel who are members of the open source community.

The awards recognize women who make important contributions to open source projects and communities or who promote open source methodologies.

“As someone who's passionate about open source software – and even more passionate about helping other women break into the field – this recognition means a great deal to me,” Shah said in a statement.

Shah is a full-time student at DAIICT. She won for her coding and mentoring work while studying information and communication technology. Shah has contributed to three open source organizations and has also served as a mentor in helping pre-college students develop their first open source contributions. She is currently the director of the Women Who Code in Gujarat, India.

She has also received the Google Anita Borg Memorial Asia-Pacific Scholarship, and Anita Borg Pass It On winner for teaching basic computer and smartphone technologies to middle-aged women.

Shah will receive a $2,500 stipend and be featured in articles on opensource.com as part of the award.

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