In a media release, the world's biggest free and open source software company said nominations for the awards would be accepted until April 15.
There are five categories for this year's awards: Optimised Solutions: Recognition of striking performance, scalability and/or usability enhancements delivered with open source solutions; Superior Alternatives: Recognition of the most successful migration from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives; Extensive Ecosystem: Recognition of the use of Red Hat or JBoss' expanding partner ecosystem to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions; Carved out Costs: Recognition of customers who have leveraged open source solutions to significantly cut costs and extract added value from existing systems; and Outstanding Open Source Architecture: Recognition of the use of Red Hat, JBoss and partner offerings to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.
The release said in four of these categories there would be awards to one Red Hat and one JBoss nomination each, the Outstanding Open Source Architecture category would apply to an entry which was employing both a Red Hat and JBoss solution.
Overall awards for the "Red Hat Innovator of the Year" and "JBoss Innovator of the Year" would be also selected by the community through an online voting process.
A list of last year's winners list is available on the Red Hat website.
The entries will be judged by Nitin Bharti, vice-president and publisher at DZone; Dana Blankenhorn, journalist, ZDNet and Smart Planet; Lee Congdon, chief information officer, Red Hat; Gordon Haff, principal IT adviser, Illuminata.; Craig Muzilla, vice-president, middleware, Red Hat; Joe Panettieri, editorial director, Nine Lives Media; and Brad Shimmin, principal analyst, collaboration and web conferencing, Current Analysis.