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For any professional, receiving an award is an honor that has a positive impact on one’s career. It not only implies recognition and praise for the work carried out to date, but also encourages one to work even harder. Every year, actors, writers, chefs, scientists and intellectuals receive awards endorsed by institutions, the media and the public at large.
Despite its recent emergence, the telecommunications industry is no exception. Since 1995, the Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineers (Telecos.cat) and the Official Association of Computer Engineering of Catalonia (COENIF) have hosted La Nit de les Telecomunicacions i la Informàtica (the Telecommunications and Computer Science Night) in Barcelona, an industry-leading event in ICT that convenes professionals, businesses, institutions and political representatives. The year 2015 marks the 20th year of La Nit, an event where the most distinguished industry professionals receive the recognition they deserve.
According to Joan Solé, President of Telecos.cat, ”It’s been twenty years since we started to make La Nit, which should be taken at more than face value, as it represents the current pulse of ICT. The precursor to this event was La Noche de la Electrónica (Electronics Night), held in Barcelona in the 1970s and 1980s. From electronics, going through telecommunications, up to computer science being added at the beginning of this decade, La Nit has reshaped itself and evolved along with the world and technology. We are very pleased to be able to host this great event and have an impact on the ICT sector in a way that it needs and deserves.”
The Salvà i Campillo Awards, the Alan Turing Awards and the La Nit Award of Honor are the accolades that will be bestowed on February 26, 2015, during the first major networking event of the year for this sector, exactly one week before the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
The Salvà i Campillo Awards currently grant recognition to the Outstanding Figure of the Year and the Young Entrepreneur. Some years back, the Telecom Awards were also given to honor the most outstanding public or private figure in the advancement or popularization of new information and communication technologies on both a national and international scale. In 2012 it was John Hoffman, CEO and Director of GSMA, who accepted the popularization award on behalf of Mobile World Capital Barcelona. That was the year the foundation was launched, gathering the work of the MWCongress, a four-day event, and turning it into a year-round affair. Other professionals that have received the Telecom Award over the years include Tim Berners-Lee (2004), creator of the World Wide Web, and Francisco Román (2008), President of Vodafone Spain.
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The Outstanding Figure of 2014 was awarded to Carlos Domingo, CEO of Telefónica I+D and the Young Entrepreneur Award went to Andrés Bou and Horacio Martos, computer engineers who in 2008 founded Social Point, an industry leader in gaming for mobile devices. In 2013, the winner of the Young Entrepreneur Award went to Karen Márquez, founding partner of Infantium.
The Alan Turing Awards were created in 2013 to acknowledge Social Responsibility and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year. The idea behind these awards, in addition to drawing attention to the excellence of an industry professional, is to honor those who represent the driving force behind an innovative activity or project that has had a positive social impact on areas such as civic responsibility, the environment, culture and social integration. Social Responsibility awards to date have gone to Jordi Albó, Robotics Project Director at La Salle, and Víctor Bautista, founder of SocialDiabetes, an app for diabetics.
Finally, there is the La Nit Award of Honor, a distinction created to acknowledge the careers of professionals of electronics, ICT or audiovisual communications in technical, academic, private or public spheres. Some of the award winners throughout the history of La Nit in this category include Ricardo Valle (1999) of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering in Madrid; Alexandre Blasi (2005), Vice-president and CEO of Samsung; and Mateo Valero (2014), Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
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Nominations for the 20th annual awards of La Nit are open until January 22nd. A prestigious jury line-up, completed by ICT industry professionals and members of the two institutions hosting the event, will be in charge of evaluating the candidates submitted. Some of the members of this jury include figures such as Raúl Cabanes, Professor at the Technical University of Madrid; Pilar Conesa, CEO of Anteverti and Director of Smart City World Congress; and Agustín Cordón, Managing Director of Fira BCN and Vice President of Mobile World Capital.
La Nit’s 20th annual event, which will take place in L’Auditori in Barcelona, will also be attended by serial entrepreneur Xavier Verdaguer, founder of Imagine Creativity Center in Silicon Valley who will lead the talk “Disruptive Innovation: A Train That Can’t Be Missed”.
Which professionals will be the ones to make history by winning an award at the 20th annual La Nit? On January 26, 2015 we’ll find out.