SOURCE: Covalent Technologies

June 07, 2005 09:00 ET

Covalent Technologies™ to Sponsor Open Source Leaders of Tomorrow for Apache Software Foundation

Unique Program Encourages Open Source Leaders of Tomorrow to Continue to Make Contributions to the ASF and Open Source Community While Attending School

WALNUT CREEK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 7, 2005 -- Covalent Technologies™, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions, today announced it is sponsoring the Open Source for Tomorrow Program in conjunction with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the dominant community for useable Open Source. This unique program provides financial assistance to student members of the ASF and encouragement to continue to make contributions to the ASF and Open Source communities while working towards a Bachelors, Masters or PhD degree.

The first beneficiary of the Open Source for Tomorrow Program will be Mr. Yoav Shapira to be applied towards a Masters of Science degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Shapira was recently recognized and invited to join the long list of distinguished ASF members for his significant contributions to the Apache Tomcat project. Mr. Shapira received a Bachelor of Science degree and his first Masters of Science degree in Computer Science Engineering from Boston University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He currently consults for a variety of companies.

The next recipient selected by the ASF will be announced in October or November, concurrent with ApacheCon U.S. 2005, the official conference of the Apache Software Foundation. Thereafter, recipients will be selected by the ASF and sponsored by Covalent Technologies on an annual basis. In order to qualify, scholarship recipients must have demonstrated significant contributions to the ASF and Open Source communities in general, and be actively enrolled in school.

"Covalent Technologies is proud to sponsor this worthy program, and to honor such a young and talented ASF member as Yoav Shapira," noted Mark Brewer, CEO of Covalent Technologies. "As a loyal and long-standing corporate contributor of the ASF, we see it as our responsibility to further perpetuate the ASF and Open Source in general, by providing encouragement and financial assistance to the future leaders of this burgeoning and important Open Source movement."

"We have known Yoav, his high caliber of work, and his ASF contributions for many years now," commented Greg Stein, Chairman of the ASF. "Yoav is an excellent choice among many fine candidates. We are delighted and grateful that Covalent Technologies, a long-time friend and supporter of the ASF, is sponsoring this important program."

About the Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits contributors' potential legal exposure. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products. For more information on the Apache Software Foundation, please see http://www.apache.org/.

About Covalent Technologies

Covalent Technologies is the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions. The leading provider of products and services for Tomcat and Apache, the world's leading Web server, Covalent Technologies is the only source for full commercial support for Apache and Tomcat on a global basis. Covalent has been the trusted source that Fortune 500 enterprises turn to when migrating to Open Source and when deploying new Open Source initiatives. Covalent currently supports more than 50% of Fortune 500 and 70% of Fortune 100 companies. Customers include: SBC, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson, British Telecom, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, General Electric, and Bear Stearns. Covalent has assembled the deepest talent pool of Apache experts in the industry and is proud to be one of the most distinguished supporters of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the dominant community for useable Open Source, and the Open Source community in general. For more information visit www.covalent.com.

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