Datacloud Global Awards 2021: Deadline for entries looming!
Although the sector will not be making its annual pilgrimage to Monte Carlo in June this year, our global community will still congregate for a virtual version of Datacloud Global Congress from 1st to 3rd June that is poised to set the standard for industry events. Even better news, the Datacloud Global Awards are still taking place, also virtually, on 1st June and this looks set to be a bumper year both for entries and for opportunities to showcase industry best practice and outstanding achievements. Entries for 2021 Datacloud Awards close at the end of March so you don’t have long to finalise and upload your submissions.
I am lucky enough to sit on the judging panel, setting and refining categories and reviewing the submissions. It’s always an interesting journey. Judges are assigned to those categories best suited to their expertise. Everyone judges individually and then discusses conclusions with the other judges for that category. Finally they have to present their choices to the full panel for scrutiny. The result usually ends up in lively discussion – judges don’t always agree.
The 2021 categories are below and you can also find the collection of tips that I’ve developed after reviewing entries over the years here.
These include simple things you can do to increase the likelihood of success - and things to avoid! Many may seem like statements of the obvious but it is always surprising how many entries fall foul of the simplest rules of thumb.
And now for the 2021 categories…
Category 01: Cloud Service Provider of the Year 2021
Category 02: Data Centre Service Provider of the Year Award 2021
Category 03: Data Centre CyberSecurity Award 2021
Category 04: Excellence in Regional Data Centre Awards 2021
Category 05: Inward Investment Initiatives for Data Centres 2021
Category 06: Data Centre Construction Award 2021
Category 07: The Innovation Award 2021
Category 08: Sustainable Data Centre Award 2021
Category 09: Energy Solution Provider Award 2021
Category 10: Connectivity Innovator of the Year 2021
Category 11: Edge Award 2021
Category 12: Excellence in Community Engagement Award 2021
Category 13: Young Digital Leader of the Year Award 2021
Category 14: Young Engineer of the Year Award 2021
Category 15: Commitment to diversity and talent development
Category 16: The Judges’ Award 2020
Emma Fryer is Associate Director at techUK, the trade association for the UK technology industry.
Emma has worked in and around the technology industry for the last 15 years in a range of non-technical roles that include research and report writing, policy work (from political liaison to detailed negotiations) and project management.
Her first degree was in English at the University of Durham, followed some years later by a second degree in Environmental Science at the University of London. She is now completing an MSc in Environmental Decision Making with the Open University.
She spent five years representing the technology sector in policy matters relating to climate change. Her focus was split between encouraging government to make their policy tools fit for purpose and explaining how the intelligent use of ICT can reduce net carbon emissions.
More recently she has focused on Data Centres. She manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators and techUK’s Data Centres Technical Committee and, with their support, has achieved some major outcomes for the sector, the most significant of which was negotiating and implementing the Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres. This, after a four-year marathon of evidence gathering and policy dialogue, was confirmed in December 2013 and came into force on 1st July 2014. It is worth around £200M to the sector. In recognition of her work she won the DataCenterDynamics Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” in 2013. TechUK also won the “Effective Voice” category of the Association Network Awards in 2014 in recognition of way the CCA campaign had been managed.
She has also produced a significant body of work including formal and informal policy responses, white papers, overviews, briefings, high level thought leadership papers and illustrated infographics explaining complex technologies in laymans' terms - plus everything in between.
Emma is a judge for both the leading industry awards providers: BroadGroup and DataCenterDynamics. She is a regular speaker at industry events.
Lucas Banach is Programme Assistant at techUK, he works on a range of programmes including Data Centres; Climate, Environment & Sustainability; Market Access and Smart Infrastructure and Systems.
Before that Lucas who joined in 2008, held various roles in our organisation, which included his role as Office Executive, Groups and Concept Viability Administrator, and most recently he worked as Programme Executive for Public Sector. He has a postgraduate degree in International Relations from the Andrzej Frycz-Modrzewski Cracow University.