Best of Show Awards - Nomination Process

Competition Deadline

Entries are due by 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, October 2, 2020.
Apologies, no exceptions will be given.

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 solutions in the public spotlight! There are a total of seven distinct award categories which address the wide range of flash memory innovation in the market. We are excited to announce that two of these award categories are new to FMS 2020!

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Award Categories

Most Innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Application
NEW AWARD CATEGORY
This FMS Application award category recognizes how a product or service that includes flash memory or other forms of non-volatile 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
NEW AWARD CATEGORY
This FMS Hyperscaler Implementation category awards innovation that includes flash memory or other forms of non-volatile 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 Flash Memory Startup Company
This Flash Memory award category recognizes the most creative and ambitious startup companies blazing a trail of innovation in the storage industry. Is your company an emerging company who will change the marketplace for storage? 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 storage industry.


Most Innovative Flash Memory Consumer Application
This Flash Memory Application award category recognizes innovation in how a product or service is being used to solve specific consumer problems. So an exciting new consumer use for your product is really what this category is all about. Examples of consumer applications could include smartphones, music/video players, digital cameras, gaming systems, navigational systems, tablets, netbooks, ultrabooks, mobile computing solutions and other consumer hardware and software products.

Most Innovative Flash Memory Enterprise Business Application
This Flash Memory Application award category recognizes how a product or service is being used to solve a specific business problem. So 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 and others. Application solutions can address a wide range of business requirements for the traditional data center, desktop and server virtualization environments, public / private / hybrid cloud computing and other IT environments.

Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology
AwardThe Flash Memory Technology category awards innovations that will change the way flash 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 flash memory industry. Examples of such technological innovations could include flash used in NAS/SAN, converged/hyperconverged and technology resulting in record breaking performance, new levels of high availability, ground breaking industry standards, green energy efficiencies, advanced memory management, game changing capacity optimization or other innovative features and capabilities.

Most Innovative Flash Memory Customer Implementation
The Flash Memory Customer Implementation category awards innovation in the implementation of flash 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.

Competition Requirement

The only requirement for Virtual FMS 2020 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.
Non-sponsor and non-exhibitor applicants will be invoiced directly after their nominations are received.

Competition Judging

The competition is open to all Flash Memory Summit participants and attendees and will be judged by a panel of experts (whose decision is final).
The following evaluation criteria that will be considered by the judges:

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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