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Innovation Showcase 2015 Targeting Collaboration

The 2015 Innovation Showcase aims to expand thinking about enterprise UC&C by highlighting a new breed of team collaboration solutions.

If you've attended Enterprise Connect over the past four years, then you most likely recognize the event's Innovation Showcase as the place to find fresh ideas about unified communications and collaboration from young startups. Innovation will once again get a top billing at Enterprise Connect 2015, but we're going to fulfill the mission a bit differently.

While our goal remains to highlight new ideas for enterprise communications, we're no longer restricting participation in the Innovation Showcase to startups. At the 2015 Innovation Showcase, we want to be sure show attendees see some of the most innovative ideas in collaboration -- communications oriented and not.

Toward that end, the 2015 Innovation Showcase will feature companies that offer solutions that have not previously targeted the enterprise communications audience. We'll evaluate solutions for their ability to promote, stimulate and foster team collaboration. These can be stand-alone solutions or add-ons, products or services, software or hardware, or available for free or on a paid basis. They don't even have to be new solutions -- as long they're new to Enterprise Connect. Any firm that has not previously exhibited at Enterprise Connect, or registered to exhibit at Enterprise Connect 2015, is eligible for consideration.

We intend to highlight the solutions we select in a Showcase booth on the exhibit floor. There will also be a session during the program that highlights the showcase with demonstrations of by some of the companies.

If your company offers a solution you believe belongs in the Innovation Showcase, you can complete the short questionnaire. The deadline to submit your solution for consideration is February 18, 2015.

We will announce the Showcase solutions the first week of March in advance of Enterprise Connect, which will take place March 16 to 19 in Orlando.

Participant Eligibility and Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility rules and criteria:

  1. Product or service must be applicable to enterprise team collaboration.
  2. Applicant companies must not have exhibited at any previous Enterprise Connect (2000-2015). 

  3. Applicants must provide at least one reference customer at an enterprise organization (more than 250 employees) that is using the product or service in a production environment or pilot test. We require a contact within the enterprise we can reach for verification. The customer need not attend Enterprise Connection; nor will the reference be publicly disclosed.
  4. Applications for the Innovation Showcase must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Eastern, Feb. 16, 2015. Completed questionnaires for selected companies are due Feb. 18, 2015.
  5. Eligible applicants selected for consideration as finalists must disclose any current or prior financial relationship or other support they have received from United Business Media (UBM), Verge1 or competition judges.
  6. Applicants agree attend the conference and staff the Innovation Showcase booth during exhibit hours.

Fees

There is no fee to apply, however there is a fee to be in the Showcase. The Showcase fee is $2200 and includes a single hotel room at the event, the exhibit space and kiosk style booth, and full conference pass (up to two).

UBM reserves the right not to advance a submission to the finalist round at any time and for any reason. Likewise, UBM reserves the right not to issue an award at any time in the process if it determines to do so is in violation of any local, state or federal regulation or responsibility, or if additional information surfaces that would make an idea or candidate ineligible.

To Apply

Complete short questionnaire
Send supporting documentation, deck, video links, etc. to

Application Deadline: February 18, 2015