What is the Tech Trailblazers?
It’s global – Entries are welcomed from around the world, from Hawaii to Istanbul, from Finland to Australia. Innovation lives everywhere, and we’d like to hear about and reward the finest.
It’s focused on enterprise technology startups only. For the first year of the awards we are focusing on: big data, cloud, infosecurity, mobile, networking, storage, sustainable IT, emerging markets and virtualization. And as a separate category recognising startups in these technology areas from emerging markets.
The program recognizes and rewards technological and commercial innovation and entrepreneurial excellence.
Winners in each category win mentoring from a leading vendor and VC and IPO boot camps, along with thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes.
How can we find out more and keep up to date?
Everyone who expresses an interest in the Tech Trailblazers will get regular updates on deadlines and other news. You can sign up in the ‘subscribe’ box on the homepage too.
Who is eligible to enter?
Are the awards for companies or innovations?
When do submissions open?
When do they close?
When will the shortlist be announced?
When will the winners be announced?
Will there be an awards ceremony or other event?
Is there a cost?
How do I pay for my submission?
Is there an early bird awards submissions rate?
Can I enter more than one category?
What is the Emerging Markets Trailblazers category? And what does that cost?
We will also subsidize the cost of entry for companies headquartered in emerging markets. The Emerging Markets Trailblazers category is free of charge to enter alongside any other category, or it costs just $50 for a standalone submission to this category.
Is it true that all entrants get something even if they are not shortlisted?
What are the prizes for the winners and runners-up?
Winners and runners-up will also receive a variety of business development, PR, marketing and other products and services worth thousands of pounds. The total estimated prize fund is projected at over $1,000,000 and stands at over $550,000 to date (August 2012).
Who will judge our entry?
Who are the judges?
Mohit Agrawal, Founder and Editor, Telecom Circle (Twitter: @telecomcircle)
Cynthia Artin, President, Artin Arts (@cynthiaartin)
Joe Baguley, Chief Cloud Technologist, VMware (@joebaguley)
Frank J. Bernhard, Strategy and Operations Director, Deloitte Consulting (@FrankJBernhard)
Steve Broadhead, Founder and Director, Broadband-Testing Labs (@steve_broadhead)
Rebel Brown, Author and Startup Veteran (@RebelBrown)
Mike Burkitt, CTO, Launchpad Europe (@launchpadeurope)
Teresa Cottam, Founder and Chief Analyst, Telesperience (@teresacottam)
Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger, TheStorageArchitect.com (@chrismevans)
Marty Foltyn, Hands-On Lab Program, SNIA (@MartyFoltyn)
Ian French, Channel Guru, Mentor and Entrepreneur (@siceo)
Edward P. Gibson, Director, Forensic Technology Solutions, Pricewaterhousecoopers (@EdwardPGibson)
Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod (@storagebod)
Mark Hillary, CEO IT Decisions (@markhillary)
Brian Honan, CEO, BH Consulting (@brianhonan)
Elise Huang, Partner, WestSummit Capital
Sam Johnston, Director, Cloud & IT Services, Equinix (@samj)
Ben Kepes, Principal, Diversity Limited (@benkepes)
Justin Lodge, Infrastructure Architect, National Australia Bank (@justin_lodge)
Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register (@chris_mellor)
Steve O’Donnell, Consultant, Advisor and Author, TheHotAisle.com (@stephenodonnell)
W. Curtis Preston, CEO, TruthInIT (@wcpreston)
Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research (@simonrob451)
Kai Roer, Senior Partner, The Roer Group (@kairoer)
Raj Samani, EMEA Strategy Advisor, Cloud Security Alliance (@raj_samani)
Andrew Seldon, Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions, TechNews (@andrewseldon)
Sarb Sembhi, Director, Consultancy Services, Incoming Thought (@sarbsembhi)
Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL (@esignoretti)
Harkeeret Singh, Global Head of Energy & Sustainable IT, Thomson Reuters (@harqs)
Jennifer Steffens, CEO, IOactive (@securesun)
Stuart Sumner, Editor, Computing (@stuartsumner)
Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International (@jontoigo)
Matthew Yeager, Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services (@mpyeager)
Monica Zlotogorski, Editor, Inside Latin America, TM Forum (@MonicaCZN)
Is this the final judging list?
How does judging take place?
The awards will then be opened up to a public vote. The category judges will also vote for their favourites.
How will the public vote be conducted?
Who are the sponsors and industry partners?
Who are the mentoring sponsors?
We are finalizing these mentoring sponsors and will update this information via the Twitter stream and press announcements as soon as we can.
Are there any media partners?
Media partners will help publicize the awards and provide subscriptions, publicity and other prizes for runners-up and winners.
Any media outlets interested in partnering should contact our PR team, Omarketing. Olivia Shannon – Olivia@Omarketing.co.uk / @Olivia_at_O.