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Paige Finkelman

Who doesn’t like a bit of healthy competition? We certainly do, and so the Launch Pad contest is returning to Cloud Connect 2011. The event’s sophomore year marks significant growth not only for the show, but for this market as well.

Launch Pad 2010

Launch Pad 2010

At its core, Launch Pad is an opportunity to celebrate innovation. The competition began on November 20, 2010 – we invited any and all cloudy companies to tell us in 140 characters or less what makes them Launch Pad worthy. Our criteria is simple: we want to hear what new things companies that play in the cloud space are up to 2011. This could be a new product, new version, new integration point, new partnership — anything new within the calendar year.

The Cloud Connect Jury took a look over the Twitter submissions and whittled down the entrants to 8 semi-finalists. The semi-finalists each created a 3 minute video pitching their product. You can take a peek at the video submissions here. On January 13, 2011 we asked the community to vote for their favorite video, and the four companies with the most votes were announced earlier today. A hearty congratulations to:

The Final Four had to jump through several hoops to make it this far, and one more obstacle remains. On March 9, 2011 they’ll take to the Cloud Connect keynote stage to give a live 5 minute presentation. Our audience will cast their vote via Mozes to crown the 2011 People’s Choice Winner.

This year I’m very excited to share that for every person that votes for their favorite Launch Pad nominee on March 9, a donation will be made to, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the contest, especially the semi-finalists and the Jury members. We appreciate your involvement and enthusiasm! More details on the competition, including rules and prizes, can be found on the official Launch Pad site.


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