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Entries now open for Data Centre World Awards 2024

Written by Tue 29 Aug 2023

Entries are now open for the fourth annual Data Centre World Awards (DCW Awards). In partnership with Dunwoody LLP, the Awards will celebrate the trailblazers, innovators, and outstanding operations that have set the gold standard in the data centre industry.

The DCW Awards ceremony will take place on 6 March 2024 at ExCeL London as part of Tech Show London. The event saw a staggering 22,500 attendees last year, and promises to be a grand spectacle of technology and innovation.

How to enter?

Professionals in the data centre industry should submit their entry on the DCW Awards website. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2023.

Entrants are encouraged to provide comprehensive details, showcasing their achievements, innovations, and contributions to the data centre sector.

With the data centre industry evolving at an unprecedented pace, the DCW Awards 2024 will be a celebration of the best and brightest minds, products, and initiatives that are shaping the future of technology.

New award categories for 2024

The DCW Awards have introduced two new categories for next year.

The Data Centre Security Award recognises those who have shown exceptional efforts in fortifying data centre environments against evolving security threats.

The Best Reuse or Recycling of Products, Energy, or Data Centre Infrastructure Award celebrates the champions of sustainability who have creatively minimised waste and extended the lifecycle of resources.

Existing categories include:

  • Special Contribution to Improving Energy Efficiency Award highlights innovative strategies that enhance data centre energy efficiency, promoting eco-friendly operations.
  • Environmental Product of the Year Award celebrates products that contribute to greener data centre environments by reducing emissions and waste.
  • Most Successfully Delivered Data Centre Award applauds projects known for innovation, teamwork, and efficiency, emphasising diversity and inclusion.
  • Special Contribution to Improving Resilience through Innovation Award acknowledges innovative designs or strategies that enhance data centre resilience and reliability.
  • Green Data Centre of the Year Award honors facilities that prioritise emissions reduction, recycling, and sustainability, embodying a zero-carbon approach.
  • Best Talent Developer Award recognises efforts in nurturing talent in the data centre industry, with special acknowledgment for highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Best Data Centre Operator Award celebrates operators that meet SLAs, maintain resilience, ensure compliance, optimise performance, and foster an inclusive workforce.
  • Innovation Product of the Year Award spotlights products that bring positive impacts to data centres, supporting the ongoing evolution of technology trends.

Meet the Judging Panel

The entries will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of industry experts, including:

  • Adelle Desouza, Founder at HireHigher
  • Adrianna Niedźwiecka, EMEA Regional Manager of EHS at Google
  • Astrid Wynne Rogers, Sustainability Lead at Techbuyer
  • Deborah Andrews, Professor of Design for Sustainability and Circularity at London South Bank University
  • Emma Fryer, Partner at Environment Resources Management
  • Gareth Williams, Director & Data Centre Business Leader at Arup
  • John Booth, Managing Director of Carbon3IT
  • Mike Goodwin, Practicing Consultant Engineer at Dunwoody
  • Neil Grocock, Director of Operations and Construction at Global Technical Realty
  • Peter Betts, Engineering Director at Virtus
  • Steve Hone, CEO and Co-Founder at Data Centre Alliance
  • Venessa Moffat, Advisory Board Member at Data Centre Alliance

A look back at last year’s Data Centre World Awards winners

Several industry leaders were celebrated for their exceptional contributions during a grand ceremony at Data Centre World on 8 March taking place at ExCeL London. Winners included:

  • EkkoSense (on behalf of Three UK) won the Special Contribution to Improving Energy Efficiency Award
    for its project securing initial cooling energy savings across four sites of 200KW, representing a 10-15% data centre cooling energy saving in just ten weeks.
  • Vantage Data Centres won the Most Successfully Delivered Data Centre Award and Best Data Centre Operator Award for building a major carrier-neutral data centre campus in Johannesburg (JNB11) and its CWL11 Cardiff data centre that has not had a single outage since 2009.
  • CSC IOT Centre for Science won the Green Data Centre of the Year Award for its LUMI site in Kajaani, Finland which saved up to 40% of electricity costs by selling its waste heat.
  • Interact. won the Environmental Product of the Year Award for its machine learning tool that balances embodied carbon, materials usage, and energy efficiency to get the best net environmental outcome.
  • ICTS won the Special Contribution to Improving Resilience Through Innovation Award for its Viridian solution that brings data centres’ physical security solutions together in one single, customisable platform.
  • UTC Heathrow and Partners won the Best Talent Developer Award by providing an education for students looking to become responsible engineers to meet the needs of the data centre sector today and tomorrow.
  • QiO Technologies won the Innovation Product of the Year Award for its industrial IoT AI software products that support energy-intensive and asset-heavy industrial sector companies deliver on their sustainability and net-zero agenda.

Their achievements set a benchmark for excellence. Entrants for 2024 will look to join these esteemed ranks at the Data Centre World Awards in March.

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Written by Tue 29 Aug 2023

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