Common questions and concerns regarding the uk cloud awards


A note from Head Judge Frank Bennett

With the announcement of the UKCA 2018 shortlist it inevitably ignites anticipation among those shortlisted and disappointment for those that did not make the shortlist.  As Head Judge of UKCA 2018 I want to commend all entries in what proved to be a record year for entries.  

Those that are shortlisted are invited to the UKCA 2018 Awards on 16th May 2018 where the winners will be announced.

For those that did not make the shortlist I would like share feedback as I review the scoring and comments of my panel of judges.  

  • The competition was intense as UKCA had a record number of entries for judges to evaluate and score.  
  • The guidance provided by myself and the organisers for entrants was crucial to follow and kept uppermost in the mind of judges when evaluating each entry.
  • In some cases and where appropriate testimonials were influential in the judges evaluation and scoring of an entry.  
  • This year I reduced the word count to reduce the workload for both entrants and judges anticipating a record number of entries.  As a judge myself, I appreciated entries that were concise and jargon free.  
  • Entries that made an impact with judges had clearly articulated their 'impact' as a leading product or service by clearly describing competitive differentiation.  In the case of a project detailed metrics that demonstrated the benefits were influential in scoring.  In both cases customer testimonial(s) counted toward overall scoring.
  • I introduced a number of new categories this year and that opened up the competition to those that had not entered UKCA previously.  It was a stiff competition. 

I and my fellow judges look forward to meeting our shortlisted invitees at the Awards ceremony on May 16th 2018.

Thank to you to everyone for your support of UKCA 2018, a record year for entries and confirming that cloud is hot with opportunity. 

How much does it cost to enter the UK Cloud Awards?

The early bird cost is £99 + VAT per entry until the 31st January. 
The standard cost is £160 + VAT per entry from 1st February until the closing date of 23rd February.

What is the deadline date for entries?

All entries must be submitted by February 23rd, 2018.

Can I save my entries and come back to them later?

Yes. Once you have created an account you will be able to start your entries and edit them as much as you like until you have submitted them, and until the closing date for entries.  

What is the judging period for the Awards?

Judging takes place in March with the shortlist announced at the begining of April 2018.

How will I know if I've been shortlisted?

The shortlist will be announced at the begining of April. You will be contacted if you have been shortlisted. Everyone that enters the awards will be added to our mailing list to receive updates about the event. If you would prefer not to be added to this list please contact Sophie Valentine. 

What is the date of the event?

The UK Cloud Awards 2018 will take place on the 16th of May 2018 at etc Venues County Hall,
on the South Bank in London

How much does it cost to attend the Awards?

Attendance is free. There are no tables; it is an informal drinks and canapes event. However only those shortlisted will be invited, and will receive two invites dependent on the total numbers of nominees.

Can I attend the Awards if I haven't been shortlisted?

Unfortunately not. Outside of the nominees only Judges, Sponsors and Organisers will be there, or their personal invitations.