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GigaOM partners with Tech Trailblazers Awards

Press release   •   Jun 17, 2013 14:13 UTC

San Francisco and London, UK – 17th June 2013 – The global Tech Trailblazers Awards (Twitter: @techtrailblaze) for enterprise information technology startups today announced a partnership with GigaOM (@gigaom), a leading global source of analysis on emerging technologies. 

All eligible entrants to the Tech Trailblazers Awards will automatically receive 25% off discounted tickets to attend Structure: Europe 2013, GigaOM’s two-day conference in London taking place 18 and 19 of September that features the leading minds, companies and approaches for implementing the cloud globally. In addition, all early bird entrants before August 14th will be entered into a competition to win 2 free tickets to the conference.

The winners of the tech categories and of the North American and European Trailblazers Cups will receive the following prizes from GigaOM:

The 2014 edition of the Tech Trailblazers also welcomes GigaOM’s Derrick Harris onto the illustrious judging panel. Harris is a US-based senior writer for GigaOM who covers global trends in big data, cloud and emerging IT. He will be contributing to the Tech Trailblazers Awards as a judge in the big data category. 

Harris says: “Startups are a vital source of technology innovation, and as the big data space grows, I anticipate that many of the gigantic leaps forward will come from the small and agile newcomers. I am looking forward to judging those hot new big data startups in the Tech Trailblazers Awards. ”

The winner of the big data category in last year’s inaugural Tech Trailblazers Awards was Verdigris Technologies, followed by runners-up GoodData and MapR Technologies. See a full list of winners at  Entries for the Tech Trailblazers Awards 2014 edition open on July 4th 2013. Visit or email for more information.

Rose Ross, Founder and Chief Trailblazer of the awards, said, “GigaOM is a trailblazer in analysis of technology and the entrepreneurial spirit – and that is why enterprise tech startups love them. The GigaOM team is highly regarded across the entire tech community, and Derrick is a welcome and exciting addition to our judging panel. We are looking forward to rolling our sleeves up and getting our GigaOM on!”

GigaOM was founded in 2006. Since then it has grown from a small blog into the leading global source of analysis on emerging technologies, providing deep insight on disruptive companies, people and trends.

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their businesses with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes from a prize fund worth an estimated $1m+. The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Networking Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Sustainable IT Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups include:

  • ·  African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup
  • ·  Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup
  • ·  European Trailblazers Cup
  • ·  Latin American Trailblazers Cup
  • ·  North American Trailblazers Cup

Awards 2014 edition open on July 4th 2013.  For more information, please email us at, follow us on Twitter @techtrailblaze or via the hashtag  #TTAwards, visit the website at, or visit us on LinkedIn at

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