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Posted by David Smith on 10 October, 2010 in France | Links | startup - (Be the first to comment)

Admit it – we all love competitions, and there’s a great one coming up that rewards innovations from start-up companies in the energy, environment and habitat fields. Why are we featuring it here? I feel that Irish Software companies have important ideas to add to this space.

Organized by Saint-Gobain (a worldwide leader in construction markets offering innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy and the environment), the selection of candidates will be based on the strength of their ideas (in both service and product) as well as the synergetic potential with Saint-Gobain activities. This year, for the first time, start-ups globally can participate.

The deadline for submissions is coming up very quickly – October 15th – so you’d best be sharp about applying. The selection of finalists occurs early December, with the final itself taking place at the Saint-Gobain booth at the Trade Fair BAU, Munich, January 18th. Here, the most promising start-ups (up to a dozen) will participate in a ‘speed-dating’ style session. Competition winners will receive prizes to the value of €25,000, as well as an exploratory work session with a team from NOVA External Venturing.

If you wish to download the competition rules, click here

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The authors of The Future of Cloud interviewed 15 thought leaders of telecom vendors, clients, investors, partners, and competitors to find out about the Future of Cloud: Salesforce, Iterasi, Sofinnova, Intalio, NetService Ventures, Sun Microsystems, Aruba Networks, Cisco Systems, Google, GoGrid, VMWare, Microsoft, Yahoo!, NewBay, and the Federal CTO of the United States. Aneesh Chopra. Will telecoms have a role to play in the Future of Cloud, or will it be the traditional Web providers like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce who will dominate? Will telecoms providers be able to play in the services and applications space? What do our interviewees think a telecom could or should offer?

Inside the featured Chapter Timo Bauer, Senior Vice President & General Manager Americas, shares NewBay’s vision and insights on one of the largest consumer-facing telecom cloud solutions; and how the Cloud is more than just about operational efficiency or cost savings, but can increase a telecom’s ARPU, drive messaging and data traffic, strengthen customer loyalty and build mobile communities and social networks based on user generated content.

According to The Future of Cloud co-author Thorsten Claus

“Timo Bauer, GM Americas for NewBay, was so nice to give me a very detailed picture of their product roadmap. Yes, he sneaked into the book in the very last minute, but it’s one of the best telecom-centric interviews I had.”

Download this Chapter heree or read more and download the entire The Future of Cloud Ebook at: http://thefutureofcloud.com/download-free-e-book/

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