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Awards

The Cloud MENA Awards will be held for the second time, this time specifically to recognise the latest and the greatest of innovative, secure, top level solutions, companies and individuals who are really making a difference and representing the best of cloud in the MENA region.

The submissions for the awards in 2017 have been closed. Keep an eye on the winners, to be announced on May 1st.

CLOUD MENA AWARDS WILL BE CO-LOCATED WITH 5G MENA AWARDS

Cloud MENA Awards Venue


The Burj Club, Rooftop

Taking the alfresco experience to new heights, the Burj Club Rooftop is the venue for the Cloud MENA Awards Ceremony 2017. 

Join the MENA region’s leaders in Cloud, IoT and 5G for a glamourous evening of dinner, relaxed discussions, and networking. When business isn’t on the menu, talk of travel, music, fine wines…or simply enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view that extends before you.

With an unbeatable ambiance, culinary finesse, and exotic beverages, this is a magical backdrop to celebrate the achievements of the best in the industry.

A lavish dinner at the world’s tallest building and your name on an award trophy - you're sure to be left feeling sky-high.

Time & place: From 18:30 on Monday 1 May 2017

Tickets: $299 per person (to buy a ticket, contact our team here )

CLOUD MENA AWARDS CEREMONY

Time & Place

Date: Monday 1 May 2017

Time: Starts 18:30

Venue: The Burj Club

Deadlines & Dates

Entries closed at 5:30pm GMT on 30 March 2017 (we ARE NO LONGER RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS)

Shortlist of finalists announced by 10 April 2017

Winners announced during the ceremony on 1 May 2017

Entry Fees

$299 per entry

Payment accepted by credit card or bank transfer

Unless full payment has been received 1 week after the entry, the entry will be cancelled

1. Most Innovative Cloud Platform


The judges are looking to award the Cloud Platform whose offerings are able to significantly maximise the simplicity while minimising the cost of IT. The Platform does not need to be a brand new platform but should demonstrate new, innovative and original features which contribute to these goals. It should be able to showcase how it can enable further agility, scalability, collaboration and a facilitated development environment in the most cost efficient, high quality and innovative way

2. Best Cloud Security Solution


In the era of cyber security threats, organisations are hesitant to invest in Cloud Computing solutions. Unauthorised access, data governance guidelines and losing control over data inhibit Cloud investment. Still, enterprises are allocating significant budgets on security.

The Judges are looking to award the security solution that can showcase its ability to close this security gap, encrypt and protect data no matter where they are stored and bring peace of mind in Cloud Computing.

3. Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider


Infrastructure is immensely important for Cloud, and this Award recognises it. The Best Cloud Infrastructure Provider Award will go to a company which can demonstrate the most reliable, cost effective and high quality infrastructure services particularly in the MENA region.

4. Best Cloud Deployment CIO in MENA


This Award, as the only Award for an individual professional rather than a company or group of companies, will recognise the hard work and passion of a superb CIO who has contributed significantly to their own company by deploying cloud, to the cloud industry in the region and to new developments in cloud technologies with regards to cooperation with partners/vendors.  The Judges will be looking for an exemplary individual who is a true guru in the industry, able to influence the current developments for cloud in the region but also influence the future of cloud-based technologies.

Awards T&C

General Terms and conditions
  • Awards are open to attendees of the Cloud MENA conference 2017
  • All entries must be submitted via the online application form
  • All entries must be in English
  • Shortlisted companies are required to purchase TWO tickets to the awards evening
  • Companies can enter more than one category, however a separate entry form/supporting documentation is required for each category
  • Decisions by the judging panel is final. Any attempts to further influence the judges by any means outside of, or in addition to, the Official Entry may result in disqualification
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide feedback on your entry
  • All entries must be accompanied by a company logo in jpeg and eps
Company logo and additional materials

Please note that you do not need to supply any additional materials apart from the company logo, after flling out the application form.

Please send the company logo (eps and jpeg format) directly to sonia.bhatia@knect365.com after you have submitted your nomination on the online application form.

Entry Submission

Entries close 5:30pm GMT on 30 March 2017

On receipt of your entry, the awards administrators will confirm its receipt via email

If you do not obtain such a receipt within 3 days, it is your responsibility to contact us to confirm its arrival

Unless you have this written or verbal confirmation from us, we cannot guarantee the receipt of your entry

Should you have any queries about the awards please contact

Sonia Bhatia

sonia.bhatia@knect365.com

BENEFITS FOR ENTRANTS

Why Enter
  • Publicity and recognition of achievement to the international Cloud community
  • Press and media recognition after the Awards
  • Stand out from the competition – Winners receive the accolade of being judged the best of the best in their field in the region
  • Opportunity to boost team morale, improve motivation and reward staff for their contributions to the company
Shortlist

Up to 3 companies will be shortlisted in each category, published by 10 April 2017

Shortlisted companies will:

  • Be featured on the Cloud MENA website
  • Be featured in the Cloud MENA Awards Shortlist press release
  • Receive the right to use “Shortlisted Cloud MENA Award” iconography on their own promotional materials, including print, emails and websites
  • Have a senior executive interviewed by KNect365. Responses will be used in a feature show preview focusing on your category and quoting the nominated companies

We will not reveal the names of those companies/individuals who are not shortlisted

Winners

Winners will be announced during the Cloud MENA Awards Ceremony on 1 May 2017.

Winners will:

  • Receive a bespoke Winner’s Trophy
  • Receive a Winners photo of the presentation of the Awards
  • Be included in the Cloud MENA Awards Winners press release (Tues 2 May 2017)
  • Be featured on the Cloud MENA Awards Winners website
  • Be featured in a Cloud MENA Awards Winners email sent to the full Cloud MENA mailing list
  • Have the full Executive Interview released as part of the Winners’ Press Pack

  • Be able to use “Winners of the Cloud MENA Awards” logo and icon on their own promotional materials

Good luck and see you in Dubai on May 1st!