Apstra, Darktrace, Everactive, Guardicore, NetFoundry, and Odo Security win big at NetEvents Innovation Awards

Apstra, Darktrace, Everactive, Guardicore, NetFoundry, and Odo Security were some of the companies taking out top honours at the NetEvents Innovation Awards 2019 – Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & CyberSecurity

The awards – presented at the annual NetEvents Global IT Summit in San Jose – recognised 2019’s key innovative start-ups and significant established players operating in Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud/Datacenter and Cybersecurity with all funds raised from the award entry fees shared between three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF.

According to NetEvents, this year’s installment saw the total charitable contributions raised to date come in at over U$137,000. Six company categories were awarded: three Hot Start-Up awards categories for innovative pre-IPO contestants in Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & Cybersecurity; and three Innovation Leader awards which covered the same categories, but for established organizations. “They were judged by an independent international panel of leading technology press and industry analysts.


Each of the category winners was invited on-stage to present their business propositions before an audience of technology leaders, press and analysts representing over 35+ countries around the world. The Silicon Valley judging panel of VC’s included: Hiro Rio Maeda, Managing Director, DNX Ventures; Peter Kuper, Managing Director, ClearSky; & Neil Weintraut, Partner, Motus Ventures.  The winners:

Hot Start-Up – Cloud/DatacenterNetFoundry with its ‘Connectivity as Code’ developer platform was chosen to receive the award.

Hot Start-Up – IoTEveractive, pioneers in wireless and battery-less IoT was the award winner.

Hot Start Up ­– CybersecurityOdo Security took the Award with its ‘zero trust access solution’

Start-Up award presentation- Hiro Rio Maeda, MD, DNX Ventures, Neil Weintraut, Partner, Motus Ventures, Galeal Zino, CEO, NetFoundry, Peter Kuper, MD, ClearSky

In addition, Odo Security won the overall vote from the VC’s as top choice of the three Hot Start-Up category winners for investment.  “Given the legacy VPN doesn’t suit the today’s working environment, we have seen too many security incidents due to the poor access management to the third party developers,'” said Lead Judge Hiro Rio Maeda, Managing Director, DNX Ventures.

“The recent Doordash breach was a good example of that. Odo Security provides a simple and secured but yet detail management to remote workers and 3rd party developers to access privileged assets in which we judges saw the fit with modern enterprise heterogeneous infrastructure needs.”


Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group presenting award to Ethan Tashman, Darktrace

The winner of the Innovation Leader – IoT Award –  was Darktrace. Based in Cambridge, UK and San Francisco Darktrace specializes in cyber defence. The company was established in 2013 and has over 40 offices worldwide

Brad Casemore, Research VP, Datacenter Networks, IDC presenting award to Mansour Karam, CEO & Founder, Apstra

The Innovation Leader – Cloud/Data centre Award – went to Apstra, a Menlo Park based intent-based data center automation specialist.

The Innovation Leader – Cybersecurity Award –  went to Guardicore, a Tel Aviv headquartered cloud security firm.


Richard van der Draay was in San Jose as a guest of NetEvents

NetEvents names Innovation Awards finalists for cloud /datacenter, IoT and cybersecurity

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San Jose, CA, USA. 24 September 2019:  Finalists have been announced for the prestigious NetEvents Innovation Awards 2019 – Cloud/Datacenter, IoT & CyberSecurity.

There are six categories: covering both start-up and established companies in three fields: Cloud/Datacenter, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity. The awards will be presented at a prestigious gala dinner on Thursday 3rd October 2019 at the NetEvents Global IT Summit in California, USA. All award entry fees are being donated to three charities: Prostate Cancer Research, STEM and UNICEF. To date these awards have generated over $110,000 for charity.

For each of the Hot Start Up award categories, two finalists have been announced to go “head to head” as follows:

·       CyberSecurity: Avanan and Odo Security

·       Cloud/Datacentre: NetFoundry and Hammerspace

·       IoT: Everactive and SWIM.AI

These Hot Start-up finalists will give a short elevator-pitch presentation in true ‘Shark Tank’ style to a judging panel of tech industry Venture Capitalists, and in front of the Summit’s entire audience of international press and analysts, representing 35+ countries, plus tech and business industry leaders.

For each of the Innovation Leader award categories, three finalists have been announced as follows:

·       CyberSecurity: Cylus, Darktrace and Guardicore

·       Cloud/Datacentre: Apstra, Luminance Technologies and Mellanox

·       IoT: Darktrace, Marlabs Inc and SmartSens Technology

The three Innovation Leader categories will be judged by a panel of leading technology press and industry analysts from around the globe.

These awards spotlight outstanding innovation among today’s most critical technology challenges. The awards will be presented at a prestigious gala dinner on Thursday 3rd October 2019 during the NetEvents Global IT Summit which includes key Technology Press & Analysts representing more than 100 publications across 35+ countries worldwide – as well as tech industry leaders, VCs and technologists. This annual event provides an exceptionally effective opportunity for tech industry leaders and innovators to meet so many of the world’s key technology business press and analysts in a series of scheduled face-to-face sessions over two days – as well as a great way to be informed, to debate and discuss the latest hot topics and breaking tech news.


“Each year we provide this very special opportunity” says Mark Fox, NetEvents CEO. (Pictured above)  “Both for the top players in the industry as well as for ambitious, dynamic innovative start-ups – where else can one be seen and heard by so many key industry figures plus the world’s top IT press and analysts?

Add to that NetEvents’ worldwide media partners, and you end up with industry-wide recognition from a massive global audience of C-Level and senior executives, VCs and media gatekeepers”.

For details of the full NetEvents program of events visit: www.netevents.org

DCD announces 2019 APAC Awards finalists

DCD has named the finalists of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards, with the winners to be announced next month at a gala dinner held at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

DCD said three individual Awards – for Data Centre Manager of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and for Outstanding Achievement – will also be announced in Singapore.

“We have expanded the number of Awards categories in the Asia Pacific this year and this has created the momentum for a greater number of entries from more markets across the region. We have finalists from China, India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand indicating the extent to which the region as a whole is growing and maturing in the face of the challenges posed by business and social transformation,” said Tom Winter, Managing Director of DCD Asia Pacific.

Edge Data Center Project of the Year

The Edge Data Center Project of the Year is awarded to the project that best demonstrates a unique and strategic approach to housing IT at the ‘edge’. Finalists are:

  • GPX India Pvt Ltd: GPX Mumbai Data Center
  • Pulse Data Center: Pulse Data Center
  • Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd: An Edge Analytics-based Access Control System
  • SASTRA University, Tanjavur: Leveraging KubeEdge and k3s.io formalizing Edge clouds
  • HDFC Bank: Agile Data Centre for smart branches

The Enterprise Data Center Design Award

The Enterprise Data Center Design awards goes to the entry that best addresses the challenges of meeting single company’s specific needs and adapting to those needs as they change. Finalists include:

  • DoIT, Government of Rajasthan in conjunction with Sterling and Wilson Private Ltd: State Data Center, Jaipur
  • Chindata (Beijing) Co Ltd in conjunction with Schneider Electric: Shanxi Taihung Mountain Energy IT Industry Base
  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.: Huawei Dongguan Enterprise Cloud Data Center
  • China Life Insurance Company: China Life Science and Technology Park Data Center
  • LHSM in conjunction with Caterpillar (China) Investment Co. Ltd.: Shanghai Stock Exchange Jinqiao Data Center

Multi Tenant Data Center Design Award

The Multi Tenant Data Center Design award is given to the project which has pushed the boundaries in terms of design and construction in delivering a building that overcomes any unique challenges. Finalists are:

  • AirTrunk: AirTrunk SYD1
  • TIME dotcom: Menara AIMS Data Center
  • Global Switch in conjunction with Aurecon: Global Switch, Woodlands
  • NTT.Com-Netmagic: Multi-Tenant and high-density Data Centers

Melbourne strengthens position as tech capital: AIIA

The Victorian Government has announced that Melbourne will host the national headquarters of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) – Australia’s peak representative body for the tech sector.
The AIIA said the establishment of its headquarters in Melbourne would boost opportunities for Victorian businesses to work together and advance the performance of local industries. The AIIA noted it will continue to have a strong national presence with local offices in Sydney and Canberra and state council activities in all states.
The Labor Government also announced that it will host the AIIA National iAwards events as the major sponsor for the next four years, cementing Victoria’s position as Australia’s tech capital.
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AIIA CEO Ron Gauci

“Melbourne is a great base for our national headquarters as we look to further enhance the reputation of Australia’s leading awards program for the technology industry and pursue our strategic imperatives of innovation, skills and digitisation of the economy,” said AIIA CEO Ron Gauci.

The National iAwards is the leading awards program for the technology industry, recognising and rewarding entries from startups, government, corporates and students from across the nation.
The AIIA National iAwards is the centrepiece of Victoria’s annual Digital Innovation Festival, celebrating the tech talent and ideas that help give Victoria our competitive edge.
Moving into its 26th year, the AIIA iAwards recognise Australia’s leading digital technology innovators. Nominations for the 2019 awards are already open, with early bird applications closing on 4 February.

Kacific accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux has accepted the 2018 Better Satellite World Award at a ceremony in London in recognition of the company’s work in bringing affordable connectivity via next-generation satellites to South East Asia and the Pacific.

Issued by the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the award honours companies who use satellite systems to make the world “a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.”

“When I started Kacific, I wasn’t interested in following the status quo. By serving only narrow, lucrative telecoms segments, the status quo was leaving many populations behind and increasing the digital divide,” said Patouraux. “Kacific didn’t reinvent the wheel, but my team and I took advantage of innovative new space technology and operated a lean organisation to match the cost expectations of emerging markets.”

“The flagship project in our proof-of-concept service connects the Vanuatu Interisland Telemedicine and Learning Network. The Network has already saved the lives of a number of people in emergency situations, because of the speed with which outer island health clinics can contact the main hospitals and specialist doctors. So, we know that our satellite, Kacific1, will make a tangible difference to people’s lives. This service is just one of several community-based projects we are currently operating in Asia Pacific. We are honoured to receive this award ahead of 2019, when the services of our next-generation satellite commence,” said Patouraux.

Once launched in 2019, Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific1, will help connect more hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, post offices, police stations and many other public institutions in rural areas where terrestrial broadband infrastructure is not an option or not economical.

The satellite beams will cover previously isolated or underserved regions of South Asia, South East Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, providing a channel for connectivity.

MEF announces 2018 Awards winners

MEF has announced the winners for the MEF 2018 Awards, the largest awards program in the world focusing on emerging dynamic network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Carrier Ethernet technologies.

This year’s MEF awards recognized 21 companies for service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. Winners were recognized during the MEF Awards Gala Dinner at MEF18 this week in Los Angeles, California.

“MEF received countless submissions this year from innovative companies showcasing transformative services and technologies,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We are thrilled to see all of the excellent work from dozens of companies and thought leaders who are helping accelerate the industry transition to assured services orchestrated across automated networks. We are pleased to congratulate this year’s award winners.”

Service Provider and Enterprise Application Award Winners

Network & Service Innovation:

  • Global – AT&T
  • Europe – Colt
  • North America – AT&T

Retail Service Provider of the Year:

  • Global – Verizon
  • Europe – Colt
  • North America – CenturyLink & Spectrum Enterprise (tie)

Wholesale Service Provider of the Year:

  • Global – PCCW Global
  • APAC – Tata Communications
  • Europe – Colt
  • North America – CenturyLink

Africa Service Provider of the Year – Liquid Telecom

CALA Service Provider of the Year – Ufinet

Special Awards

  • Best SD-WAN Managed Service, Network-Based – AT&T
  • Best SD-WAN Managed Service, OTT – AT&T
  • LSO Leadership – CenturyLink
  • Best Marketing – Verizon

Enterprise Application of the Year

  • Education – Colt
  • Financial – Tata Communications
  • Health – Spectrum Enterprise
  • Government – Spectrum Enterprise
  • Hospitality – Comcast Business
  • Media – CenturyLink
  • Retail – Tata Communications
  • Sports & Entertainment – Colt

Technology Solutions Award Winners

  • Technology Provider of the Year – Ciena
  • Carrier Ethernet & IP – Nokia
  • LSO Leadership – Ciena
  • NFV – RAD
  • Optical – Ciena
  • SD-WAN – Nuage
  • Service Analytics – Accedian
  • Service Assurance – Ciena & EXFO (tie)
  • Service Automation – Amdocs & NEC/Netcracker (tie)
  • Multi-Vendor Solution – Infinera and NEC/Netcracker

Professional Award Winners

  • Industry Executive of the Year – Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global
  • MEF Distinguished Fellow – Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink
  • Accredited Training Partner of the Year – Carrier Ethernet Academy

Proof of Concept Awards recognize the MEF18 Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrations that best showcase the ability to orchestrate dynamic and assured services across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks in accordance with the MEF 3.0 framework. More than 50 companies are participating in 19 PoCs this year. A special PoC Awards ceremony in the MEF18 Networking Hall during the evening of 31 October will recognize Gold, Silver, and Bronze PoC Award Winners as well as the Winner of the 2018 MEF 3.0 Implementation Project Award.

The judging panel for the MEF Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ACG Research, ATLANTIC-ACM, Dell’Oro, Frost & Sullivan, Futuriom, IHS Markit, Ovum, and Vertical Systems Research, in addition to independent judges.

Optus names 2018 Future Makers

A key selection of innovative technology services addressing social challenges around employment, education, health and wellbeing and female empowerment, have secured a share of A$280,000 in grant funding, after successfully pitching to an expert panel at the third annual Optus Future Makers event.

The Optus Future Makers program provides finalists the opportunity to build on their skills through mentoring, capability development workshops and networking opportunities to help reach their goals.

After completing a four-month accelerator program to develop their skills through workshops and mentoring, each finalist pitched their technology solution to a panel of judges comprising World Vision Australia’s Pam Rebecca, Thankyou Group’s Daniel Flynn, IAG’s Julie Batch and Optus’ Helen Maisano and Andrew Buay.

“As a leading technology organisation, it’s important for us to make a real and tangible contribution when it comes to driving technology innovation for social good,” said Optus Business MD John Paitaridis.

“We’re providing a$280,000 of grant funding along with access to Optus’ resources, mentors and expertise, to help these great social entrepreneurs make a difference for those most in need. To become the innovation nation, it’s crucial for established businesses to support Australia’s innovators and start-ups, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

“This year’s finalists have demonstrated is the wide range of social issues that technology can address – from domestic violence, immunisation, discrimination and employability – and it’s truly inspirational, “ said Paitaridis.

Future Makers Panel

Pam Rebecca, Chief Strategy, Innovation & Digital Officer, World Vision Australia
Daniel Flynn, Co-founder, Managing Director, Thankyou Group
Julie Batch, Chief Customer Officer, IAG
Helen Maisano, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Optus
Andrew Buay, Vice President, Group Sustainability, Optus

2018 Future Makers Funding Recipients:

Rory Darkins (NSW) – $25,000
What’s Right – Thrive is a life coach-in-your pocket. The app empowers users to become the best version of themselves and helps removes barriers that prevent disadvantaged people from accessing the support they need to thrive. What’s Right’s AI technology aims to remove this affordability barrier by delivering world-class coaching through a fully automated yet personalised ‘virtual coach’.

Chris Boyle (QLD) – $30,000
Commsync harnesses the power of technology to eliminate domestic violence connecting vulnerable community members to their safety network, through the push of a button. Commsync create safety plans tailored to each individual based on their extensive knowledge of the risks inherent in the community services sector and use wearable technology (watches and pendants) and non-wearable (IOT devices) to ‘activate’ these plans. It provides real-time support at the touch of a button or using voice command.

Dr Stefan Schutt (VIC) – $10,000
vPlay is an online program that helps people with Autism who have trouble mastering social interaction and have difficulty finding jobs. vPlay provides people with Autism the necessary tools to practise both ‘people’ and ‘technical’ skills through simulated role plays with virtual characters, that can be accessed and edited via any web browser.

Chris Smeed (QLD) – $25,000
ImmCalc is an application that automates complex immunisation schedules for refugees, migrants and others needing catch-up vaccines, making it easier to ensure that vulnerable patients are protected against preventable diseases.

Michael Tozer (NSW) – $85,000
Xceptional is a technology services firm, which recognises the unique strengths of people with Autism such as pattern recognition, sustained concentration and precision that are often overlooked, helping them closely align with IT related roles.

Rick Martin (NSW) – $30,000
Equal Reality uses virtual reality to allow users to ‘walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to understand what it’s like to be discriminated against or harassed’. Equal Reality provides computer generated, interactive scenarios to help people understand and help deliver diversity and inclusion training.

Michael Metcalfe (QLD) – $75,000
Kynd is a mobile app based solution that matches disadvantaged locals with professional needs based support. As individuals have specific requirements or preferences when being cared for, Kynd helps users find a perfect professional match based on personality, location, budget, interests, skills, training and experience