2009 SPIFFY Award Nominees Announced from Among 96 Telecom Startups

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is announcing the nominees for the Annual SPIFFY Awards from among the 96 telecom startups who presented in Telecom Council meetings in 2008. SPIFFY nomination indicates a startup has innovation and opportunity and a quantifiable interest among the Telecom Council's 25 global Service Providers.

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San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2009

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is announcing the nominees for the Annual SPIFFY Awards. Nominees are selected by the Telecom Council's Service Provider Forum (SPIF) from among all the telecom startups who presented in Telecom Council meetings over the previous year. SPIFFY nominations indicate a startup has innovation and opportunity and a quantifiable interest among our 25 global Service Providers.

In 2008, the Telecom Council reviewed 96 startup companies across broad a range of products and services. From hundreds of speaking applications, the 96 companies invited to present to the Telecom Council were identified as promising startups. And, as an award nominee, the potential of each of the following companies has been qualified by our global carriers.

The SPIFFY winners will be announced in a public award ceremony on February 26, 2009 in San Jose by members of the Service Provider Forum, including AT&T, British Telecom, NTT DoCoMo, France Telecom, Swisscom, Vodafone and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America listed on the Telecom Council website. Registration for the SPIFFY Award Ceremony is online here: http://www.telecomcouncil.com/eventlist.php

And the nominees are...

Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solution
Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.

  •     Amika Mobile
  •     Gaboogie
  •     Rosum
  •     Sutus
  •     Trutap

Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it's a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.

  •     4Home
  •     Mytopia
  •     Qik
  •     STEP Labs

San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.

  •     Azul Systems
  •     Bling
  •     Gaboogie
  •     Wireless Strategies Inc

Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we've seen at the SPiF Meeting in the past two years.

  •     4Home
  •     Brilliant Telecom
  •     Mushroom Networks
  •     Redshift Networks
  •     Zeugma Systems

Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we've seen at the SPiF Meeting in the past two years.

  •     AppLocation
  •     Avot Media
  •     Bling
  •     Exalt Communications
  •     Gizmo5
  •     Trutap

Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.

  •     Azul Systems
  •     Morpho
  •     Rosum
  •     Staccato Communications

Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPiF Alumni
This award is given to the pre-2008 SPiF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.

  •     2Wire
  •     Bytemobile
  •     JaJah
  •     Loopt
  •     Obopay

The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier
This award allows the SPiF startup companies to choose which SPiF member company was overall the most responsive and supportive to the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community.

  •     AT&T
  •     British Telecom
  •     Intellect Partners (for Telia Sonera)
  •     NTT
  •     Swisscom

About the Telecom Council (http://www.telecomcouncil.com)
The Telecom Council is an association dedicated to connecting decision makers from Silicon Valley's critical mass of telecom companies across the entire ecosystem - big and small, fixed and wireless, traditional or IP, young and mature. Using our network, tools, framework, and meetings, the Council brings together the industry's local companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise to create a hub for local telecom professionals to connect, communicate, and collaborate.

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