Best of Show Awards - Nomination Process

The Flash Memory Summit hereby announces the 16th Annual Flash Memory Summit Awards competition

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The Flash Memory Summit Awards represent a great opportunity for industry recognition of your company's products and solutions. These industry recognized awards give winners the opportunity to effectively build their brand and image as an innovative leader in the marketplace. We have expanded the awards program to include recognition of the use of a variety of memory technologies in addition to flash memory. Don't miss this chance to have your company's name and solutions in the public spotlight!

There are a total of eight distinct award categories which address the wide range of high-performance memory innovation in the market. We are excited to announce that one of these award categories is new to FMS 2022!

The other award categories include recognition of the most creative and ambitious startup company blazing a trail of innovation in the memory and storage industry. We also recognize application solutions which address the consumer as well as the business marketplace. One of the most coveted award categories is the technology innovation award, which is designed to recognize patented IP and technology from a company or a new industry standard that is bringing compelling value to consumers, businesses, and organizations worldwide. Of popular interest is the award category for a customer implementation, presenting a case study that demonstrates innovative creativity on how high-performance memory and storage is being used by a specific end customer.

When we judge the award nominations, we look for innovative designs and the potential for industry leadership. To determine the best category for your product, please consult the descriptions below. If you are applying for more than one award, please complete fully separate entries for each one.

Award Categories

Most Innovative Sustainability Technology
NEW AWARD CATEGORY!
This FMS Award category recognizes how a product or architecture that may include high performance memory and storage hardware and software as a part of a sustainable program. Sustainability technology can have a positive effect on the future of our planet in several ways:

Sustainability solutions are important as IT workloads are growing from digital transformation, shifts to virtual workplaces with expanded mobile computing, and new AI-enabled applications. Sustainability also inspires vendors to seek out new innovative ways to run the business. Vendor implementations of sustainability can include the following:


Most Innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Application
This FMS Application Award category recognizes how a product or service that includes flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory is being used to solve a specific AI problem including things like machine learning, cognitive computing, big data, IoT, container and virtualized customer environments. This includes the use of AI in storage and memory products or potentially a product that accelerates AI tasks. AI implementations can be deployed at any point of the IT ecosystem including the core, edge, endpoint or cloud. Examples of AI applications could include things like neural nets integrated into SSD controllers or SoCs. Innovative AI technologies might also be things like GPU integration capabilities that accelerates data in/out of GPUs. AI Use Cases might include solutions for financial trading, computer assisted diagnosis, voice and image search, fraud detection, natural language processing, smart robots and smart cars, supply chain management, network routing, asset management and others.


Most Innovative Hyperscaler Implementation
This FMS Hyperscaler Implementation category awards innovation that includes flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory solutions for integration and use in hyperscale IT environments. This innovative implementation can be represented by a case study that highlights how a specific hyperscale customer and their technology partners have solved an important problem by use of a specific memory technology. Examples of such customer implementations could include compelling ROI, Quality of Service, Business Continuity, Security, Data Protection, Simplicity of Operations, IT Staff Productivity and other benefits that made a difference for a hyperscale customer. A hyperscale end-user case study is required to apply for this award.


Most Innovative Customer Implementation
This FMS Customer Implementation category awards innovation that includes flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory in a real customer application. This innovative application can be represented by a case study that highlights how a specific customer has solved an important problem by use of a specific product or service. Examples of such flash memory customer implementations could include compelling ROI, Quality of Service, Business Continuity, Security, Data Protection, Virtualization, Cloud, Software Defined Storage, Simplicity of Operations, People Productivity and other benefits that made a difference for the customer. An end user customer case study is required to apply for this award.


Most Innovative Startup Company
This FMS Award category recognizes the most creative and ambitious startup companies blazing a trail of innovation in the memory and storage industry. Is your company an emerging company who will change the marketplace for memory and storage solutions? This award applauds businesses on the entrepreneurial journey from inspiration and learning all the way through to startup, scale up and becoming a market disruptor and champion of the overall technology landscape.

Most Innovative Technology
This FMS Technology category awards innovations that will change the way flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory works and is used in products. The recipients of this award will enjoy significant differentiation of their intellectual property and patents from competing technologies in the memory industry. Examples of such technological innovations could include the following:

Most Innovative Consumer Application
Award This FMS Application Award category recognizes innovation in how a product or service including flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory is being used to solve specific consumer problems. An exciting new consumer use for your product is really what this category is all about. Examples of consumer applications could include smartphones, digital cameras, multimedia/ gaming systems, navigational systems, tablets, mobile computing solutions and other consumer hardware and software products.

Most Innovative Enterprise Business Application
This FMS Application Award category recognizes how a product or service including flash memory or other forms of high-performance memory is being used to solve a specific business problem. An exciting new business use for your product is really what this category is all about. Examples of applications could include commercial applications that apply to all business environments or vertical market applications addressing specific market segments such as video/broadcast, automotive, imaging, military, healthcare, financial services, and others. Application solutions can address a wide range of business requirements for the traditional data center, desktop/server virtualization and containerized environments, public / private / hybrid cloud computing and other IT environments.

Competition Requirement

The only requirement for participation in the FMS 2022 Awards Program is that the nomination needs to be submitted by Sponsors or Exhibitors. Non-sponsor and non-exhibitor applicants will not be accepted at this time.

Competition Deadline

Entries are due by 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, July 08, 2022. No exceptions will be given.

Competition Judging

The competition will be judged by a panel of experts (whose decision is final).

The following are the primary evaluation criteria considered by the judges:

Entry Submission:

Please use our ONLINE FORM to submit your proposal. If you are applying for more than one award, please complete separate entries for each. Please also send a zip file of any supporting documentation you desire for the awards committee to use in reviewing your nomination. Supporting documentation can include (Data sheet, brochure, PowerPoint presentation, product review, etc.).

If you do not receive a confirmation or you have any questions regarding the online submission form process, please contact our webmaster.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding this program (the application or creating an zip/archive for supporting documents), or would like information regarding Exhibitor/Sponsor opportunities, please email: awards@flashmemorysummit.com

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