2014 Data Impact Awards

Presented by Cloudera


You have accomplished amazing things with Hadoop, and it’s time to shine a spotlight on your success. That's precisely what the annual Data Impact Awards, presented by Cloudera, are for.

The goal of this program is to recognize organizations running CDH for the applications you’ve built using Hadoop, and for the impact your project is having on the organization, business, and/or society at large. Organizations may be nominated by employees, partners, vendors, or peers. Nominations closed September 12, 2014.

The 2014 Data Impact Awards highlight achievements in the following areas:

  • Business Impact

    Driving tangible results to an organization, company or industry by empowering new capabilities that generate top-line growth and/or increased competitive advantage, or improving operational efficiencies that result in quantifiable bottom-line savings.

  • Social Impact

    Putting Hadoop to work in a way that has a positive impact on the planet, society, or humankind at large.

  • Community Contributions

    Driving significant, steady innovations within the Apache Hadoop community through active participation and contributions to ecosystem projects, online forums, and/or user groups.

  • Pervasive Integration

    Successfully deploying Hadoop as a core component or enterprise data hub within a symbiotic and interconnected big data ecosystem; integrating with existing relational data warehouse(s), data mart(s), and analytic systems, and supporting a wide range of user groups with different needs, skill sets, and workloads.

  • Advanced Analytics

    Delivering new insights, innovation, and/or revenue streams through predictive or advanced analytics that are enabled by the Hadoop platform.

  • Security & Compliance

    Operating Hadoop as a controlled, mission-critical environment that meets stringent mandates for security and regulatory compliance.

  • Government, Nonprofit, & NGO

    Successfully deploying Hadoop as a core component of a mission-critical or business environment that improves data visibility and analysis across a broad range of sources, bolsters cyber-security and combats fraud with better detection and analysis, or maximizes infrastructure and human capital through improved operational efficiencies.

2014 Guest Judges Include:


Merv Adrian

Research VP, Gartner

Merv Adrian is a Research Vice President following RDBMS, NoSQL, Hadoop and other big data technologies as digital business transforms assumptions about how to activate and leverage unused information assets. He is also Gartner’s Vendor Lead for Microsoft. During hos two decades as an analyst, Mr. Adrian headed IT Market Strategy, an independent market research consultancy. Earlier, he ran technology research for Forrester, following its acquisition of Giga Information Group. He spent a decade in the software industry after several years as a programmer on Wall Street.


Tony Baer

Principal Analyst, Software - Enterprise Solutions, Ovum

Tony Baer has a multi-disciplinary background touching the different tiers of enterprise software.

Prior to joining Ovum, he was an independent analyst whose company ‘onStrategies’ delivered software development and integration tools to vendors with technology assessment and market positioning services. He also led Computerwire’s CIO Agenda and Computer Finance end-user best practices research services.


Drew Conway

Drew Conway is a leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale. Drew is the Head of Data at Project Florida, and has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the discipline of data science — in industry, government, and academia for several years. Drew has advised and consulted companies across many industries; ranging from fledgling start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, as well as academic institutions and government agencies at all levels. Drew started his career in counter-terrorism as a computational social scientist in the U.S. intelligence community.


Pat Fiorenza

Pat Fiorenza is currently a Senior Research Analyst at GovLoop. GovLoop's mission is to connect government to improve government. GovLoop's aim is to inspire public sector professionals by acting as the knowledge network for government. The GovLoop community has over 100,000 members working to foster collaboration, solve problems and share resources across government.

In his role, Pat is the author of GovLoop guides, research reports and also writes a monthly blog series on GovLoop on behalf of industry partners. Pat has researched and written on a wide variety of technology topics in government, some of which include, geographic information systems (GIS), cloud computing, mobility, big data and analytics. Since 2011, Pat has written over 40 reports and 600 articles covering government technology at the state, local and federal level.


Bob Gourley

Editor, CTOvision.com

Bob Gourley is the publisher of CTOvision.com and is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm, where he leads efforts in due diligence assessments and strategic consulting.

Bob also serves on public boards and advisory boards for a number of companies including Centripetal Networks, Haystax, Wayin, Invincea, Spacecurve, Optensity and Triumfant.


Ben Lorica

Chief Data Scientist, O'Reilly

Ben Lorica is the Chief Data Scientist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. He has applied Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis in a variety of settings including Direct Marketing, Consumer and Market Research, Targeted Advertising, Text Mining, and Financial Engineering. His background includes stints with an investment management company, internet startups, and financial services.


Hilary Mason

Founder, Fast Forward Labs

Hilary Mason is the Founder of Fast Forward Labs, Data Scientist in Residence at Accel, co-founder of HackNY, co-host of DataGotham, and member of NYCResistor.

She is an advisor to a multiple organizations including Mortarknod.escollective[i], and DataKind, a mentor to Betaspring, the Providence, Rhode Island-based startup accelerator, and TechStars New York. She is also a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.

Honors she has recieved this year include,  the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award, the Forbes 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list and Crain’s New York 40 under Forty list. She has also been in GlamourFast CompanyScientific American, and more.


Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author, independent researcher and speaker exploring innovation, information technology trends and markets. He is a contributor to Forbes.com and CBS interactive's ZDNet site, exploring cloud and other disruptive technologies. Much of his research work is in conjunction with Forbes Insights and Unisphere Research/Information Today, Inc., covering topics such as cloud computing, digital transformation, enterprise mobility, and big data analytics. He also a co-author of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation in business and IT.


Jake Porway

Founder and Executive Director, DataKind

Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity.

Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Jake’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has been honored as a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.


Scott H. Schlesinger

Senior Vice President; Head of Business Information Management
Capgemini US

Results oriented technology executive and recognized thought leader with more than two decades of experience and demonstrated success assisting large, global entities in driving organizational change through the leveraging of Information.

Thought leader, speaker, and author on Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics (specifically Mobile Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Predictive Asset Maintenance, Data Privacy, etc.) and Cloud based Business Intelligence having delivered dozens presentations, written several published articles, and made contributions to articles in several industry publications.


Kim Stevenson

Chief Information Officer, Intel

Kimberly "Kim" Stevenson is corporate vice president and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Intel Corporation. She is responsible for the corporate-wide use of Information Technology (IT). Intel's IT organization delivers leading technology solutions and services that enable Intel's business strategies for growth and efficiency. The IT organization is comprised of over 6,000 IT professionals worldwide.

Previously, Stevenson was vice president and general manager of Intel's Global IT Operations and Services. In this role she led both the strategic and tactical support of Intel's world-wide infrastructure components, including Data Centers, Network and Telecommunications, Enterprise Application Support, Client computing and a 24x7 internal Service Desk.

Prior to joining Intel, Stevenson spent seven years at the former EDS, now HP enterprise services, holding a variety of positions including vice president of Worldwide Communications, Media and Entertainment (CM&E) Industry Practice, and vice president of Enterprise Service Management where she oversaw the global development and delivery of enterprise services. Before joining EDS, Stevenson spent 18 years at IBM holding several executive positions including vice president of Marketing and Operations of the eServer iSeries division. Stevenson earned a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University. She holds a master's degree in business administration from Cornell University where she is an appointed member of the Cornell University Johnson School Advisory Board. She serves on the board of directors of Riverbed Technology and Cloudera.


Dan Vesset

Program VP, Business Analytics and Big Data

Dan Vesset is Program Vice President of IDC's Business Analytics research. Mr. Vesset’s research and consulting is currently focused on business analytics, business intelligence, and data warehousing software markets. Mr. Vesset is also the co-lead of IDC's Big Data research. He has authored numerous research publications, is a frequent speaker at business analytics conferences and seminars worldwide, contributes to IDC’s Business Analytics and Big Data blog, and tweets at @danvesset.

Mr. Vesset has been published and quoted in numerous business and industry publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Computerworld, and CIO. Mr. Vesset has over 15 years experience as a user, implementer, and analyst of business intelligence software at companies such as Deloitte Consulting and State Street Bank & Trust Co. Mr. Vesset earned an MS degree in MIS and an MBA from Boston University and BS degree in Finance and Investments from Babson College.

Important Notes:

  • Cloudera will treat data collected from you in accordance with the Cloudera privacy policy
  • Cloudera will announce award winners at Strata + Hadoop World 2014 in New York City, NY during an invitation-only dinner event on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. It will also be announced and promoted with a blog and press release that will be available on www.cloudera.com. Use case information provided in the nomination form may be included in the blog and press release announcements, but all winners will have the opportunity to review that content before it is published.
  • Cloudera reserves the right to contact nominees regarding publishing a written case study summary based on the information provided in the Data Impact Awards nomination form. We will not publish any named customer case study without explicit prior written permission. 
  • If you have questions about the Data Impact Awards, please email ClouderaEngaged@cloudera.com
  • Promotion open to nominees 18 years or older (or of majority under applicable law, whichever is older) who run CDH in a production data management environment. Entry deadline is 11:59 PM PT on September 12, 2014. Click here for Official Rules and more start/end date information. Winners will be selected by a group of judges chosen by Cloudera management, including external guest judges. To enter, follow the directions above to complete the submission form by the entry deadline. Void where prohibited.