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Leading Lights 2011 Entry Forms



Light Reading is now accepting entries for the 2011 Leading Lights awards and the Light Reading Hall of Fame, two programs where top companies and their executives will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in the next-generation communications industry.

The Leading Lights awards and Light Reading Hall of Fame winners will be revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at a gala dinner at Hudson Terrace in New York City. The awards will be judged by Light Reading editors, with help from Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research analysts, and feedback from our network of sources throughout the industry.

The Leading Lights program focuses on next-generation communications technology, applications, and services, and it rewards the companies who have performed well over the past year. Light Reading's Hall of Fame seeks to recognize several individuals - the famous and infamous - for their remarkable contributions to the sector.

The contest is completely free to enter, though you must be a registered Light Reading user, and you can enter as many categories as you wish. Click on each award description below to bring up that category's entry form. Return to this page to enter each new category.

The deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. We will announce finalists for each category during the last week in September.

Here are the categories for Light Reading's 2011 Leading Lights Awards:
  • Best New Product (Cable)

    - Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation cable services.



  • Best New Product (Mobile)

    - Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation mobile services.



  • Best New Product (Telecom)

    - Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation telecom services.



  • Best New Service or Application (Cable)

    - Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the cable network.



  • Best New Service or Application (Mobile)

    - Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the mobile network.



  • Best New Service or Application (Telecom)

    - Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the wireline network.



  • Company of the Year (Private)

    - Awarded to the privately held firm that stands out among its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.



  • Company of the Year (Public)

    - Awarded to the publicly listed firm that stands out among its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy.



  • Best Deal Maker

    - Awarded to the company that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment, and execution in high-profile acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and other multi-company financial arrangements.



Finally, you can use the link below to nominate any executive for the Light Reading Hall of Fame:
  • Hall of Fame

    - Awarded to five individuals that our editors deem to be a cut above ... or a cut below, depending on the person. Yes, famous and infamous get equal weighting in our Hall of Fame, and you need not be present to win. (You'll hear about it, believe that.)




Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:52:02 PM
re: Leading Lights 2011 Entry Forms

If you're looking for the list of 2011 Leading Lights finalists, it's here:


http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=212639

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:53:54 PM
re: Leading Lights 2011 Entry Forms

http://www.lightreading.com/do...

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:54:02 PM
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We only ask to make sure companies are serious about having paying customers. It's a hype filter mostly. If we were to want to publish anything we learn via our awards system, we will absolutely get permission from the submitting company first.


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gkarr 12/5/2012 | 4:54:09 PM
re: Leading Lights 2011 Entry Forms

Hi, the entry form is requesting customer names. What do you do with them and do you publicize the information we provide? We are a private company and it's for the private company award.


 


Thanks!

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:55:06 PM
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Details here:


http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=211573

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:55:15 PM
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A couple of people have asked if Best Private Company entrants have to disclose financial data.


The answer is Yes.  We won't go and blab your financials to the world -- we just use them as a criterion in judging.  You're telling us what hot stuff your company is; how about some numbers to back it up?


You can still try to enter without the financial data, but you'll be at a big, big handicap.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:56:15 PM
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A reader inquires: "Are product enhancements eligible to be submitted for the New Product category in the Light Reading Leading Lights awards? Thank you."


Yes, if the product enhancement changed the product in a big way. So Windows 98 and Windows 7 are both Windows. But each was a big change -- a new generation of a product that caused computers to behave differently than they had before. 


So a product update can be considered a new product. But it must be a big change.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:56:34 PM
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Sure, but the burden of proof is on you to convince us that it is something special. Or that it will be when fully available in the market. Trial customer comments from big carriers tend to help quite a bit.


 


re:If the product/service was announced this year but is not available in the market in its entirety, is it still eligible for the award?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:56:34 PM
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We got an inquiry about the past Leading Lights winners.  Here are links to each year's awards:


2010 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=199306
2009 - no awards due to depressing recession
2008 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=166259
2007 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=136327
2006 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=110733
2005 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=85691
2004 - http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=64526


Deadline is Sept. 2. Sooner than you think! It got even more sooner while you were reading this! Get your nominations in today.

Chaimaister 12/5/2012 | 4:56:44 PM
re: Leading Lights 2011 Entry Forms

If the product/service was announced this year but is not available in the market in its entirety, is it still eligible for the award?

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:58:29 PM
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A reader asks: To submit a product or service for the Leading Lights Awards, is there a certain timeline we need to abide to in terms of when it was/will be launched?


Yes, since we announced the Leading Lights finalists for last year's contest on Sept. 22 that day became the last date of eligibility for the 2010 Leading Lights. Even our editors can't change things after the finalists are announced. So, any product or service announced on or after Sept. 23, 2010 is in contention for the 2011 Leading Lights. 


 

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:58:44 PM
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It all depends on what comes in and what they're up against. But point taken. BTW, what do you think should get the nod this year?

jakeridden 12/5/2012 | 4:59:41 PM
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I've read about some of the backhaul companies you're promoting:


 


http://www.lightreading.com/me...


 


I hope none of them wins any award. Their technologies will not be in our future..

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