Common questions and concerns regarding the UK Cloud Awards:
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 £170 + VAT per entry from 1st February until the closing date of 22nd February.
What is the deadline date for entries?
All entries must be submitted by Friday 1st March 2019.
How should I prepare my entry and how will the judges review and score my submission?
As Chair of the Judges for UK Cloud Awards 2019, I wish to give all nominations the best opportunity to impress the judging panel. I urge you to read the following guidance to help you prepare your entry and how we will score.
- The All Important Terms & Conditions! I wish to be explicit on this as I have made it clear to all of the judging panel to disqualify any entry that does not fulfil the entry conditions. Please read the entry criteria carefully and answer the questions in the category that you are entering. For example, if we say that the product must have been released or had a major update on or after 1 November 2017, make sure that you evidence this. If you fail to do this your entry will not be considered and your effort wasted.
- Double Bubble! Don’t attempt to submit duplicate entries in the same category, however, please feel free to submit entries in more than one category where you meet the criteria.
Simplify, Simplify!We urge you to avoid jargon and repetition. Use plain language that is easy to understand the strengths of your entry. Complex language leads to ambiguity and you will lose impact. In addition, copy and pasting material from your website or sales & marketing brochures will be quickly recognised by our expert judges. Focus on short, clearly articulated statements that have detail, with only 500 words, don’t waste your precious content space.
- Evidence, Evidence, Evidence! Talk about outcomes – then prove them. Our industry exists not for the technology’s sake but for a positive impact for our customers – show us and delight us with facts and data. We love to read how technological excellence translates directly into business benefits for the end-customer - this will capture our attention. Entries with client testimonial and contact details for endorsement are powerful.
- Be Authentic, Be Human! This applies especially for the projects and individual categories. We want to hear about the aims of the project or the journey of the individual. We especially want to see what challenges were encountered and how they were overcome. We know that life is not perfect, we know that no projects or deliveries go without a hiccup on the way. Use this to bring your story to life, to celebrate your success and to connect with the judging panel.
- Walk A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes! Place yourself in the judges’ seat. They will be reading a lot of entries, so your entry needs to stand out from crowd. Be explicit, answer the questions and prove with you are the best.
- No Cold Calling! You will be allowed to submit additional supporting material such as referenceable case studies or commentary from industry analysts, but don’t use sales brochures or sponsored copy, the scoring is judged on your 500 words and the back-up material should be additional evidence to confirm your statements, the judges are not going to be buying your product or service in this process! Further, some entrants may believe that trying to approach judges during the process is an effective tactic – I assure you it is not, part of my role to ensure the integrity of the awards, improper influence will not induce a favourable result. If you have any questions, please read the criteria again and if you are still unsure, please speak to the organising committee.
- Points Make Prizes! Finally, the judges want to award points for your entries, so give them the reasons to do it. If you ignore the advice given, you will lose out to those that do. Do not be tempted to interpret the criteria, rules or process - it will not help you be successful.
I look forward to reading your submissions and celebrating the growth and successes in our industry. Good Luck!
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 beginning of April 2019.
How will I know if I've been shortlisted?
The shortlist will be announced at the beginning 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the date of the event?
The UK Cloud Awards 2019 will take place on Thursday 16th of May 2019 at County Hall on the Southbank in London.
How much does it cost to attend the Awards?
The UK Cloud Awards is an informal drinks and canapes event so, unfortunately, only the shortlisted entries will be invited to attend. However, each shortlisted entry will also be given three complimentary tickets and have the option to purchase additional tickets at £125 +VAT each.
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.
What is the format of the awards?
The awards are a standing event with a canapé and drinks reception.
What is the dress code?
The dress code for the event is smart/ casual.