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Stephen Watt

Chief Architect, Emerging Technologies at Red Hat


Steve Watt is the chief architect for emerging technologies within Red Hat’s Office of Technology. Watt and his teams are working on Red Hat’s community and product engineering initiatives related to container storage, multicluster, serverless and the Kubernetes project. He previously led Red Hat’s big data product and partner engineering efforts around the Hadoop project. Before joining Red Hat, Watt founded the HP Hadoop Business and was Hadoop chief technologist at HP. He has also worked for IBM Emerging Technologies and a number of consumer-facing software startups in the U.S. and his native South Africa.

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