The Fukuoka Ruby Award Committee is excited to announce that Mr. Derek Collison, CTO and Chief Architect of Cloud Application Platforms at VMware, Inc., has been chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Yukihiro Matsumoto Ruby Leadership Award.

Named after the chief designer of the Ruby language, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, the award honors individuals and organizations showing exceptional leadership in technological development using Ruby or in expanding the use of Ruby worldwide. This is the first year for the award.

Mr. Collison has been selected to receive the award on behalf of VMware for his team’s work on developing Cloud Foundry, an open source cloud computing platform as a service written in Ruby. Mr. Collison will accept the award at the Fukuoka Ruby Night event to be held November 3, 2011 on the Stanford University campus.