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Pipeline’s 2013 Innovation Awards
This is your chance to be recognized as a prominent industry innovator by key executives from top service providers as well as influential industry analysts and the editors of the world’s leading communications and entertainment technology magazine.

Pipeline’s 2013 Innovation Awards program offers extensive opportunities for promotion and visibility, not to mention more categories to choose from — which means contestants have even more chances to win.

Click here to read coverage of last year's event, from Dublin.


2013 Innovation Award Winners

Technical Innovation

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Product Innovation

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Innovation in Connectivity

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Innovation in Networking

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Innovation in Cloud & Virtualization

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Content Innovation

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Innovation in Big Data and Analytics

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Innovation in CEM

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Innovation in Security & Assurance

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Innovative Collaborations

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Best Deployment

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Vendor of the Year

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

Provider of the Year

Service Provider Winner

Service Provider Runner-up

Editors’ Choice

Vendor Winner

Vendor Runner-up

The Awards Reception

The Gala Awards Reception

Join the world’s leading innovators as you ascend the red carpet at one of the most elegant venues on the French Riviera: Les Salons de La Rotondre Lenôtre. Enjoy a memorable evening with industry leaders, innovators, Pipeline’s editorial team, and members of the esteemed Judges Panel, comprised of Tier-1 operators and leading analysts from around the world.

At this exclusive, invitation-only event enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the terrace overlooking the picturesque marina on the sea. Cocktails will be followed by a full course dinner and dessert, featuring mouth-watering culinary creations from the kitchens of one of the world’s leading French chefs. Dinner will be accompanied by elegant and beautiful music nestled between presentations throughout the evening of the 2013 COMET innovation awards.





The Venue: Les Salons de La Rotonde Lenôtre, a historical heritage

A true architectural masterpiece from the “Belle Époque”, La Rotonde once provided world-renown cuisine to the historic Bristol Hotel. Capped with a cupola that floods it with natural light, this majestic circular building is listed as a French historical monument. Pilasters, sculpted columns, and smiling angels make La Rotonde an elegant, one-of-a-kind pavilion, full of charm and refinement that is typical of the early twentieth century seaside resorts that once adorned the French Riviera.

La Rotonde Lenôtre is ideally located 8 km from Nice at Beaulieu-sur-Mer, one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean. Overlooking the scenic marina, la Rotonde Lenôtre offers a beautiful view over the Riviera and its palm tree-lined coast.

La Rotonde features Lenôtre’s famous gastronomy with award-winning chef Eric Finon and sommelier Olivier Poussier. Since 1957, when Gaston Lenôtre opened his first boutique in Paris, la Maison Lenôtre has been associated with the most beautiful Parisian and international festivals and is a leader in the world of luxury gastronomy.

Logistics

When:
May 13, 2013
5:00 pm Reception
6:00 pm Dinner
Where:
Les Salons de La Rotonde Lenôtre
Avenue Fernand Dunan - 06 310
Beaulieu-sur-Mer

A shuttle will be made available with pick-ups at several locations including local Nice hotels and the Acropolis convention center. The shuttle will depart between 2:30 and 4:30 pm to take guests to La Rotonde for the awards reception. We encourage you to return to this page closer to the event for shuttle details.

Alternatively, taxis may be taken at an approximate cost of 35-45€. Parking is available for those who choose to drive themselves.

The event is open to the public for a fee, but priority space is reserved for events finalists and sponsors.

Guests should dress in semi-formal evening or business attire.

Check back often for updates.
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Please email COMET@pipelinepub.com if you have any questions regarding the event.

2013 Innovation Award Finalists

Technical Innovation

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Product Innovation

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Innovation in Connectivity

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Innovation in Networking

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Innovation in Cloud & Virtualization

Vendor Finalists

Content Innovation

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Innovation in Big Data and Analytics

Vendor Finalists

Innovation in CEM

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Innovation in Security & Assurance

Vendor Finalists

Innovative Collaborations

Vendor Finalists

Service Provider Finalists

Best Deployment

Vendor Finalists

Vendor of the Year

Vendor Finalists

Provider of the Year

Service Provider Finalists

Editors’ Choice

Winner to be announced at the COMET awards reception
in Nice, France on May, 13th

2013 Innovation Award Categories

More Categories - More Chances to Win

This year we have expanded our categories to recognize a wider variety of industry innovations. And, of course, more categories means more chances to get your company in the spotlight.

This year’s Innovation Awards categories are:

Technical Innovation

Recognizing those that develop and leverage new and emerging technologies

Product Innovation

Recognizing the most innovative new product, release or feature

Innovation in Networking

Recognizing network innovation and advancements in fixed, mobile, cable, undersea, and extraterrestrial network technologies, including management, speed, security, capacity, coverage, reliability, and more

Innovation in Connectivity

Recognizing solutions that have extended or optimized connectivity to machines (M2M), mobile devices, cars, rural areas, and more

Innovation in Cloud & Virtualization

Recognizing innovation in cloud-enabling technology, including virtualization and hosted, managed and as-a-service portals and solutions

Innovation in Big Data & Analytics

Recognizing innovation in the collection, storage, management, and analysis of Big Data

Content Innovation

Recognizing advancements in the delivery, management and optimization of content such as voice, video, data, messaging, gaming, and more

Innovative Collaborations

Recognizing collaborations, catalysts, partnerships, ecosystems, labs, and other programs that drive innovation forward

Innovation in CEM

Recognizing innovation that improves the end-customer experience

Innovation in Security & Assurance

Recognizing innovation in revenue, service and network assurance via solutions developed to prevent fraud, fault and security threats

Provider of the Year

Recognizing the most innovative provider of communications and entertainment services

Vendor of the Year

Recognizing the most innovative supplier of communications and entertainment technology solutions

Best Deployment

Recognizing the most innovative customer deployment based on creative solutions and return on investment (ROI)

Editor’s Choice

(included at no additional cost with each nomination) One provider and one vendor from any of the prior categories will be selected by Pipeline as the companies that best embody innovation in 2013.

About the Judging Panel

Last years Judging Panel included:

Each year, Pipeline’s Innovation Awards are judged by an esteemed panel of key executives from top service providers, influential analysts, and select members of Pipeline’s editorial team. The judges identities are held in confidence until the awards reception to avoid any potential influence that may occur prior to the selection of a winner.

AT&T

Mobeen Khan
CMO, Advanced Mobility Solutions

British Telecom (BT)

Jason Cook
Chief Architect & CTO, Consumer Packaged Goods and US & Canada
BT Global Services

Yota (Russia)

Harlan Vold
Chief Information Officer

Telus (Canada)

Carol Borghesi
SVP Customer First Culture

Turkcell (Turkey)

Berna Samiloglu
Division Head of New Businesses and Entrepreneurship

Cox Communications

Jeff Finkelstein
Director of Network Architecture

IntelSat

Jeff Mitchell
Senior Principal Engineer – OSS

SMI

Susan McNeice
President

NPRG

Craig Clausen
Executive Vice President & Principal Analyst

What Contestants Receive


  • Exposure to Pipeline editors, key executives from top service providers and influential industry analysts.
  • Coverage in Innovation Awards promotional materials on the web and via social media, public relations and direct and on-site marketing.
  • NEW! Competing in your choice of up to 14 categories to improve odds of winning or placing.
  • Recognition of finalists at Management World 2013 and in Pipeline’s annual Innovation issue and newsletter.
  • All nominees receive the right to use Pipeline’s Innovation Awards Nominee logo in all marketing materials upon acceptance of official nomination form.
  • All finalists receive the right to use the Innovation Awards Finalist logo in all marketing materials upon notification of selection as a finalist.
  • Finalists receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the prestigious Innovation Awards reception in Nice, France, on May 13. (Additional tickets are available for purchase, as are tickets for the general public.)
  • Finalists will be featured in on-site signage at the exclusive Innovation Awards reception.
  • Each winner (and its customers or partners, if applicable) receives the right to use the official Innovation Awards Winner logo in all marketing materials.
  • Each winner (and its customers or partners, if applicable) receives a coveted 2013 COMET trophy (art glass, engraved, 19.75"H x 6.25"W x 6.25"D). (Additional trophies and shipping are available for an additional fee.)
  • NEW! The runner-up in each category receives an exclusive, runner-up COMET trophy (art glass, engraved, 5”H x 3.5”W x 3”D). (Additional trophies and shipping are available for an additional fee.)

Submission Process and Rules


Official Submission Process and Rules

  1. Companies can nominate themselves, their customers or their partners.
  2. Entrance fees must be received before any nomination can be approved.
  3. The entrance fee includes the Editor’s Choice award category at no additional cost, while further categories may be added for a small fee per category.
  4. The official nomination form will be sent to companies each week following request.
  5. Official nomination forms are encouraged to be received as soon as possible to provide ample opportunity to complete the submission packages before April 22nd. Entrance fees must be received no later than April 12th in order to avoid any interruption in submissions.
  6. Once nomination forms have been submitted, contestants are prohibited from dropping or changing their selected categories unless a category is removed by Pipeline.
  7. Pipeline reserves the right to cancel or merge categories based on a lack of participation, i.e., three (3) or fewer contestants. Any contestants in the affected categories will be given the opportunity to move into another category at that time.
  8. Pipeline reserves the right to add new categories if established ones have more than five (5) contestants. New categories will group similar contestants into a new category related to their similarity.
  9. Contestants can add additional categories at any time prior to the April 19 submission deadline.
  10. Innovation Award Nominee logos will be sent to contestants once their official nomination forms have been received and approved by Pipeline.
  11. Submission questionnaires for each category will be sent to contestants following the receipt of their nomination forms and entrance fees.
  12. Supporting material such as demonstrations, case studies, presentations, white papers, videos, and industry recognition can be included with submission packages, and in fact is encouraged.
  13. Submissions that include customer references will be weighted more favorably.
  14. Contestants will have until Friday, April 19, to complete the submission questionnaire(s) and provide any additional supporting material.
  15. Submissions received after the submission deadline of April 19 may be subject to disqualification if an extension has not been previously granted.
  16. All submissions and supporting material will be considered confidential and made known only to those involved in the submission, evaluation and selection processes.
  17. Each category is eligible to be won by both one (1) service provider and one (1) vendor.
  18. Submission packages will be reviewed by the Innovation Awards’ esteemed judging panel, made up of key executives from top service providers, influential industry analysts and Pipeline editors. During the evaluation period any member of the panel may reach out to contestants for interviews, demonstrations or site visits or to gather additional information. (Note: Contestants who are service providers will be judged solely by industry analysts and Pipeline editors; Editor’s Choice contestants will be judged solely by Pipeline.)
  19. Finalists will be announced on or around Friday, April 26. Innovation Award Finalist logos will be sent out at that time.
  20. Winners will be announced at the Innovation Awards reception on Monday, May 13, in Nice, France, in conjunction with Management World 2013, and editorial coverage will be provided in Pipeline’s Innovation issue this spring.

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