Entries & Judging

Entries & Judging

At the heart of any awards programme is the integrity of the judging process. Our process has been refined over the last four years and takes into consideration a deep understanding of the data center market at each of our awards locations.

Online Entry Submission

All entries must be submitted online before the closed deadline. Entrants must answer all the answers specific to the category they enter being mindful of the word count and making sure they take into account the published judging criteria and weightings.

Selecting the Finalists

Each entry is reviewed and scored by an independent panel of four Judges to decide on the four Finalists. The outcomes are checked by the Chair of the judging panel before the results are announced.

Project Presentation

All Finalists have the opportunity to present their projects to the same panel of four judges by TeamViewer - 50 mins are alloted for each and require the presence of all parties. Entries are re-scored based on this and a winner is determined.

Announcement of Winners

The Winners are announced at the gala awards ceremony, not before under any circumstances. All Finalists are expected to be present at the ceremony. Winners received a coveted Award, and Finalists receive certificates.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

The submission of an on-line entry form for any of the 2013 DatacenterDynamics Award categories [the 'Awards'] is taken to denote a reading and acceptance of the rules and terms of entry as stated below

  • Initial entry to the Awards will be via the on-line Entry Form accessed through the Categories section of the DatacenterDynamics website [www.datacenterdynamics.com/awards]. No other form or means of entry will be accepted. Please do not send supporting materials through in conjunction with your initial on-line Entry Forms as these will not be considered as part of the initial judging process
  • All dates for submission as set down on the website are final and no initial entry will be accepted after the stated closing date, 5pm GMT
  • Invitations to the Judging Session will be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the day
  • At all stages of the judging process, the decision of the panel of judges appointed to the Award category you enter will be final. The judges may at their discretion refuse to judge an entry they believe not to be eligible for the category. No discussion will be entered into in regard to the judging process or its outcomes
  • If you wish to enter your project into more than one Award category then please ensure before you enter that you are answering the Entry Criteria for each category you wish to enter. Entries into multiple categories that do not appear to have been adapted to the different criteria of each will be entered only into the category that in the opinion of the judges they best match
  • Entries to the Awards in previous years will not be accepted into the categories for which they were previously entered. They may however be entered for other Award categories
  • Four finalists will be selected to present at the Judging Session from each of the Award categories with the exception of the Datacenter Business Leader of the Year Awards and the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. Initial entries are welcomed into both of these categories but no short list of finalists will be issued. The winner of each of these two Awards will be decided by a specifically constituted panel of judges. For the Young Mission Critical Engineer of the Year Award, the number of finalists to be invited will be determined by the judges during the judging of the initial entries. More than four finalists may be invited to the Judging Session. For the Most Extreme Data Centre Deployment Award, the winner of this category will be decided by the judging panel
  • Each Award category will be judged by a panel constituted of a minimum of four independent judges. A representative of the organisation sponsoring the Award category may also join the panel for that category
  • All judging anomalies or disagreements will be referred to the Chair of the Judging Panel for resolution
  • All members of the judging panel for a particular Award category including the Chair will be asked to declare any direct or indirect commercial or competitive interest in the Award categories they have been asked to judge. Where such an interest exists, the judge will be removed from that Award category and replaced
  • Entrants who prefer may submit their initial entry in a language other than English using the on-line entry form. This will then be translated by a member of the DatacenterDynamics staff. No responsibility can however be accepted for errors in translation.
  • Entry to the Awards constitutes recognition that DatacenterDyanmics retains the right to editorial coverage of the entry via printed, electronic or other media. Where such coverage includes content beyond that which might reasonably be expected to already occur in the public domain, it will be passed to the nominated principal contact within the relevant organisation for approval before publication