On June 3, 2013, I represented Explorys at the Computerworld Honors Laureate Ceremony and Awards Gala ceremony held in Washington, D.C. Explorys was named an Honors Program Laureate and nominated for a 2st Century Achievement Award in the “Collaboration” category (one of 11 categories) for the Explorys-Cloudera case study on “Big Data in Healthcare.” The theme this year was “A Search For New Heroes,” to recognize applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic, and educational change.
The setting was spectacular: black tie at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, right on the mall on Constitution Avenue. Gravitas? Check. (Truman signed the NATO treaty there.) Medallions for the 267 laureates were passed out in efficient high-school graduation style, and were impressive both in look and weight (and lethal if swung overhead). The highlight of the evening for me, at least, was the keynote from Vinton Cerf talking about the “Internet of Things” and the need for IPv6.
We didn’t win the category’s award, but there were a lot of terrific projects. One category winner was using biometric identification for identity management in India, another was fighting HIV in Africa, and the winner in the Safety and Security category was for a system to help combat piracy. Not software piracy, but “piracy” piracy – with boats and guns.
All and all, it was an honor to be there. Looking forward to submitting something for next year!