What are the Tech Trailblazers awards?
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. We are focusing on: big data, cloud, infosecurity, mobile, networking, storage, sustainable IT, emerging markets and virtualization. In addition, new this year are Regional Cups which all entrants are automatically submitted into.
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?
Throughout the awards program we will regularly update our feed, so please follow us at @techtrailblaze. You can also follow the Twitter buzz on the hashtag #TTAwards.
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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?
For emerging markets, we charge a flat fee of just $50. Click here to see if you qualify. All entrants are automatically entered for their Regional Cup free of charge.
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?
What are the Regional Cups?
Is it true that all entrants get something even if they are not shortlisted?
What are the prizes for the winners and runners-up?
Who will judge our entry?
What is the Entry Criteria?
The following are eligaible for entry: Businesses that are Privately Funded, Kickstarter, Crowdfunded, Seed funded, Angel Investment, VC funded or other private investment.
Who are the judges?
Mohit Agrawal, Founder and Editor, Telecom Circle (Twitter: @telecomcircle)
Joe Baguley, CTO EMEA, VMware (@joebaguley)
Frank J. Bernhard, Strategy and Operations Director, Deloitte Consulting (@FrankJBernhard)
Rebel Brown, Author and Startup Veteran (@RebelBrown)
Steve Broadhead, Founder and Director, Broadband-Testing Labs (@steve_broadhead)
Mike Burkitt, CTO, Launchpad Europe (@launchpadeurope)
Brad Bush, CMO, GENBAND (@jbradleybush)
Teresa Cottam, Founder and Chief Analyst, Telesperience (@teresacottam)
Todd Embley, program manager, @ToddEmbley
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,Senior Director, Alvarez and Marsal (@EdwardPGibson)
Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod (@storagebod)
James Governor, Co-Founder, RedMonk (@monkchips)
Derrick Harris, Senior Writer, GigaOM (@derrickharris)
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)
Hans De LeenHeer, Evangelist, HaDeLe, (@hansdeleenheer)
Julian Levy, Executive Director, Technology Business Development Group, Morgan Stanley
Justin Lodge, Infrastructure Architect, National Australia Bank (@justin_lodge)
Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register (@chris_mellor)
W. Curtis Preston, CEO TruthInIT, (@wcpreston)
Dimitri Podoliev, Co-founder & Managing Partner, iHUB
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)
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?
We work with Wazoku to provide a great voting platform with the winners entries and their videos or prezis to give the voting public a great insight into why they should be voted our Tech Trailblazers.
Who are the sponsors and industry partners?
Sponsors to date include TiE Silicon Valley, StarTau, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Startup America, Cloud Security Alliance, VLAB – MIT/Stanford Venture Labs, AfriLabs, Chinaccelerator, VM Ware, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, The Green Grid, Computing, Wazoku, Launchpad Europe, The ExecEvent, Mynewsdesk, Prezi, Realwire and Lissted.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an industry partner, please contact David Shannon on the Tech Trailblazers team - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there any media partners?
Yes! We have a growing number of high-level media partners, including Hippflow, TechNode, Tech In Asia, Silicon Cape Initiative, Ventureburn, Bnet TV, Innovation Warehouse, GigaOM, The Data Chain, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, beSUCCESS, Computing and iHub.
GigaOM will be giving away a Startup Zone package at their Structure: Europe 2013 event, and free event tickets and research subscriptions, while BNet TV will be interviewing category winners where possible through 2013 and 14.