Curriki Accelerates Product Innovation by Joining Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

Date : 18-Jun-2021
Location: Malaysia


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Key Takeaways:

  • Curriki, a non-profit that builds tools that enable open access for all to the technologies that can transform the way educational experiences are designed, created, and delivered, has completed a six-week Red Hat Open Innovation Labs residency to develop education solutions for students using a flexible, responsive approach to developing digital learning content.
  • The education sector has always been evolving ever since the Internet becomes mainstream,and with Covid-19,digital transformation efforts have been intensifying at the high speed lane,in the direction of development of virtual learning solutions that offer great immersive experience.


  • Launched in 2016, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs offers customers an immersive experience through a dedicated consulting service during a 4-12 week residency that helps companies integrate open processes, culture and technology to solve business challenges.
  • Through Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, customers can take advantage of mentoring and open source tooling to help their organization rapidly accelerate business initiatives - whether working on creative new digital applications or modernization initiatives, such as moving a monolithic application to a modern microservices architecture.
  • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs enables customers to work collaboratively in a residency-oriented lab environment with Red Hat experts through flexible formats. Usually held on the customers’ site, Curriki and Red Hat teams adapted to the pandemic restrictions with a virtual residency. 

Case Studies:

Curriki launched CurrikiStudio, the first free and open, interactive learning content authoring solution, designed to accelerate and scale digital-first content development.

Curriki leveraged Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to bring the CurrikiStudio to the next level,which is to solve three challenges:
  1. to scale the platform to millions of users,within a short period of time.
  2. to deploy it to different cloud providers.
  3. enhance performance and stability of the platform.
During the virtual residency, Curriki team benefited from agile methodology, including DevOps,hence,they achieved six months of work in six weeks which included optimizing code, other achievements:
  1. leveraging auto scaling capabilities with the help of OpenShift.
  2. automating the installation through push button deployment.
  3. containerizing CurrikiStudio.
To extend the impact of the virtual residency, and to continue to grow their Red Hat OpenShift skills, Curriki has begun using Red Hat Learning Subscription.


  • Sajeeve Bahl, vice president and head of Asia Pacific Services, Red Hat,said,Red Hat were delighted for the opportunity to bring innovation to a social cause by making education more accessible, open and free.
  • Scott McNealy, co-founder, Curriki,quoted the following:
    • "Innovation is all about breaking boundaries and doing things you have not done before. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs offered a safe space in which the Curriki team could explore new ideas and exchange insights and best practice to bring some of the solutions from their imagination to life. The sessions helped teams break out of their comfort zones and try out things that were beyond their roles. At the end of the residency, Curriki developers had gained an interest in IT operations and the IT operations staff wanted to get involved in DevOps work. Triggering this curiosity and growth mindset will help the team innovate and bring better education solutions to learners in the future."

Editor's comments:

  • Think of the Open Innovation Labs as a bootcamp for software team to participate in a 'hackathon' to achieve a specific milestone within a short period.



  • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs targets enterprise software teams - who use open source technology - to achieve a breakthrough in their projects,by adopting agile methodology, including DevOps.
  • Participants get to challenge the norm and outgrow expectations,and get involved with upskilling and personal development.


work collaboratively in a residency-oriented lab environment
Think of the Open Innovation Labs as a bootcamp for software team

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