IDEA Awards Overview
Nominations are now open for the 2010
Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award! Award
winners are establishing new frontiers in the application of networking
technology, and are considered role models for the entire research and
education networking community.
Open to established or new applications, the IDEA
Award was established in 2006 to recognize and encourage innovative
applications of advanced network technology that have made—or promise
to make—the most significant impact on the research and education
community. The award also presents an important opportunity for the
Internet2 community to recognize members who are changing the way we
think about the possibilities and uses of advanced networking.
Winners will be announced at the Spring 2010
Internet2 Member Meeting, April 26-28, in Arlington, Virginia.
Winners will be given a netcast track session at the meeting. A letter
of recognition from Internet2 leadership and the AMSAC Council will
also be sent to the winning project institutions. In addition to
receiving publicity at the meeting, winners will also be recognized in
handouts, press releases, the Internet2 website, newsletters, and other
IDEA Award submissions include description and
impact statements for the project, and references (to URLs and
publications) that can assist the judges in getting an understanding of
the application and the effect it has had on research and education.
Please be prepared to include information about collaborators and
funding sources as well.
As the IDEA Awards are primarily subjective, it is
also important that the judges hear from the application users. We ask
that reference users submit testimonials about the application. The
references should speak to the impact of the application in advancing
their teaching, learning, reesarch or other scholarly activities.
Entries may be submitted by an individual
affiliated with an Internet2 member, a Sponsored Educational Group
Participant, or a Sponsored Participant.
Detailed guidelines and submission criteria are
The submission deadline is February 28, 2010.
The judging committee is made up of
representatives from the various Internet2 councils and Working Groups
and is chaired by Tom Knab, member of the Internet2 Applications,
Middleware, and Services Council and CIO of the College of Arts and
Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Judges use the following
criteria in selecting award winners:
- Innovation in advanced network applications for
research, teaching, learning and collaboration
- Magnitude of the positive impact of the
application for its (current) users
- Technical merit of the application
- Breadth of impact, as indicated by current
user base and likelihood of broader adoption by its full natural
community of potential users
Submissions take advantage of the unique
capabilities of the Internet2 network infrastructure—that is they are
notfully usable on the commercial Internet at the time of their
implementation. Strong consideration is given to the demonstrable
impact of the application on its current users, the extent of the
current user population, and the potential for widespread adoption by
and usefulness to others with similar needs who have access to advanced
R&E networks around the world.