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Awards

Apply now for one of the five Cloud MENA 2018 awards!

Applications close on 25 February 2018 (EXTENDED)

Read below for more information

Cloud MENA Awards 2018


Welcome to the third annual Cloud MENA Awards. One of the highlights for your 2018 calendar, the awards will once again celebrate excellence in the MENA region’s Cloud community, and offer an exceptional opportunity for the industry’s top players to meet, showcase their achievements, and be inspired.

Join the MENA region’s leading CIOs and Cloud experts for a glamourous evening awards after the first day of the conference, which will recognise the latest and the greatest of innovative, top level solutions and companies making an impact and representing the best in the region.

With 5 Awards for Cloud MENA on offer in 2018, this is a fantastic opportunity for companies with products and services in the area of Cloud, digital transformation and IoT to promote themselves at the highest level.

Key Information

Place and Time
  • Date: Monday 9 April 2018
  • Time: Starts 18:30
  • Venue: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Deadlines and Key Dates
  • Entries close 5:30pm GMT on 25 February 2018
  • Shortlist of finalists announced 19 March 2018
  • Winners announced during the ceremony on 9 April 2018
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.
What do the Winners get?
  • Receive a bespoke Winner’s Trophy presented at Cloud MENA Awards ceremony on 9 April 2018.
  • Receive a Winners photo of the presentation of the Awards.
  • Be included in the Cloud MENA Awards Winners press release.
  • Be featured on the Cloud MENA Awards Winners website.
  • Be featured in a Cloud MENA Awards Winners HTML posted to the full 5G MENA mailing list.
  • Be able to use “Winners of the Cloud MENA Awards” logo and icon on their own promotional materials.
Enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact:

Oliver Nivison

Telephone: +44 20 3377 3779

Email: oliver.nivison@knect365.com

AWARDS CATEGORIES

Best CIO in MENA

This Award will recognise the work, experience and expertise of a superb CIO (CISO also welcome to apply) who has contributed significantly to their own company and to the whole region, in the area of IT transformation through high quality of work and effective cooperation with partners/vendors. The Judges will be looking for an exemplary individual who leads the way in new practices, implementing new technologies, outstanding management of both technology and strategy, and high level of expertise in every aspect of Information Technology, including Cloud.

Most influential Cloud person of the Year

This Award will recognise an extremely valuable individual for the Cloud Industry, who is currently employed in an enterprise, vendor company, in government or as consultant. The application for this category will show how this individual has contributed to the Cloud industry in the region and to new developments in Cloud technologies globally. 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 and future of Cloud-based technologies globally.

Best Cloud implementation in the private sector

The Judges are looking to award an organisation in the private sector who has either deployed Cloud internally (an enterprise in any vertical sector) or has helped other organisations in the private sector (enterprises) deploy Cloud. The application in this category will show how the organisation’s deployment of Cloud maximised the simplicity and security while minimising the cost of IT. The application should showcase how the organisation, its employees and customers now benefits from Cloud and how it can enable further agility, scalability, collaboration and a facilitated development environment in the most cost efficient, high quality, innovative way.

Best Cloud implementation in the public sector

The Judges are looking to award an organisation in the public sector who has deployed Cloud internally or an organisation who has helped other organisations in the public sector (local or central government, municipalities, agencies and similar) deploy Cloud. The application in this category will show how the organisation’s deployment of Cloud maximised the simplicity and security while minimising the cost of IT. The application should showcase how the organisation, its employees and users now benefits from Cloud and how it can enable further agility, scalability, collaboration and a facilitated development environment in the most cost efficient, high quality and innovative way.

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.

Terms and Conditions

General Terms and conditions

All entries must be submitted via the online application form.

All entries must be in English.

The cost per 1 entry is $299. Payment will be accepted by credit card or bank transfer. Unless full payment has been received 1 week after the entry, the entry will be cancelled.

Companies can enter more than one category; however, a separate entry form/supporting documentation/entry fee is required for each category.

All material submitted will remain confidential to the judges and event organisers (unless your prior written consent has been obtained).

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 or eps.
Application deadline and Fees

Entries close 5:30pm GMT on Sunday 25 February 2018

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.

Entry Fees

$299 per awards category entry.

Payment will be accepted by credit card or invoice.

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

Additional Supporting Materials

Additional documentation is accepted to support your entry.

Please keep any additional supporting information to a maximum of 5 pages. This could include:

relevant background information, results or data, images, graphics, KPI information, press articles, customer reviews etc.

Web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs.

One x 3 minute (maximum) video (Not mandatory, but may help judges in terms of visualising and understanding the solution and benefits for customers).

Please ensure supporting documents clearly support the product or service you are nominating.