Elastic Search Awards


The application window for the APJ region has closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the honorees at Elastic{ON} Tour Sydney on August 14, 2019.

Applications for the Public Sector and EMEA awards remain open until July 31, 2019.

We were excited to announce our first ever Americas honorees at Elastic{ON} Tour San Francisco on February 28, 2019. You can read all about the honorees and their projects here or stay tuned to our Past Honorees page for when we finalize the features highlighting each of their respective projects.

Your Work, Your Cause. Live, On Stage

Whether it’s helping improve communities through philanthropic pursuits, transforming the way business gets done, or innovating on technology in ways previously unimagined, the Elastic Search Awards recognizes outstanding technical projects powered by the Elastic Stack.

For two years, the program was known as the Elastic Cause Awards. Recently, we expanded it to celebrate a growing number of inspirational teams and projects.

We’re excited to announce the next evolution of the awards program with a new name and expanded categories. We encourage you or someone you know to apply. Have questions? Contact us.

Award Categories

We recognize honorees in three award categories.

Cause Awards
If you’re using the Elastic Stack to make a positive impact in the world — from aiding a local population in need to improving the global environment — you’re a great candidate for this award.

Cluster Awards (Technology Innovation)
If you’re doing something completely original with the Elastic Stack and applying it to a I-never-would-have-thought-of-that use case or making the previously impossible, possible, we’d love to hear from you.

You know, for Search! Awards (Business Transformation)
If you are changing your business by introducing new ideas, processes, or even new services and products resulting in measurable, company-wide added value through your use of the Elastic Stack, send us all the details.

View past honorees of the Elastic Search Awards.

What Honorees Receive

Like our community, our award ceremonies run on local time. Honorees in each category will be selected from the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ); and a global category honoring members of our community from the public sector (e.g., state, local, and national governments as well as educational institutions and NGOs).

Honorees in each category will receive an Elastic Online Training Subscription valid for one year, access to a discounted Elastic Cloud offering, and the following at Elastic{ON} Tour:

  • Three complimentary tickets
  • Recognition during the keynote session
  • A dedicated booth where you can share your Elastic project with the community

Dates and Deadlines

Submission timelines for each award vary by region and we will update this page as new information becomes available.

APJPublic SectorEMEAAmericas 2020
Applications OpenOctober 25, 2018 June 15, 2019 October 25, 2018 To be announced
Applications CloseJune 14, 2019 July 31, 2019 July 31, 2019 To be announced
Awards CeremonyAugust 14, 2019 October 15, 2019 October 29, 2019 To be announced

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Like our community, the Elastic Search Awards run on local time and in local languages. Please feel free to submit your application in whatever language you feel most comfortable.

Application Form


Judging Panels

Americas Panel

Nancy Gohring

Nancy Gohring covers application and infrastructure performance for 451 Research, including IT monitoring, application performance management and log management.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Nancy was Editor in Chief of the enterprise IT publications at Fierce Markets. She launched the DevOps publication, setting the editorial direction for the new coverage area, and oversaw seven publications aimed at senior enterprise IT executives.

Previously, Nancy wrote about a wide range of technology subjects, both on staff for a variety of publications and on a freelance basis. She has covered everything from the switch to digital cellular communications to the emergence of cloud computing. Her writing has appeared in The New Stack, Wired, MIT Technology Review, The Economist (Babbage blog), Computerworld and The New York Times.

Rich Horace

Rich Horace is Senior Director of DevOps at Nativo, a native advertising startup in Los Angeles. Rich has over 25 years of experience in operations with the last 10 years building DevOps style teams and scaling infrastructure in the online advertising space. He has held positions at EMC, Nestle, MySpace, Fox, Glam Media and Sony. Rich is an Elastic Community Leader and organizer for the Elastic LA Meetup since 2015. In 2018, he spoke at Elastic{ON} 2018 and SCALE 16x conferences.

Tom Davis

Tom Davis is the founding Executive Director and CISO of OmniSOC. In this role, he provides executive leadership to establish OmniSOC and its services based on the needs of founding members Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska.

Before his current appointment, Davis served as Indiana University’s Chief Security Officer and provided executive leadership and specialized expertise to the development and management of programs related to physical access and security, personal protection, surveillance, the security of institutional and personal information, and the security of information technology. Davis also directed the efforts of the University Information Security Office. The UISO is responsible for university-wide security standards administration, technical risk assessment programs, security reviews and consulting, technical security resources, and technical responses to security incidents.

Davis has worked in the security field since 1991.

Leah Sutton

Leah Sutton is the Vice President of Human Resources at Elastic and responsible for all facets of HR. Prior to Elastic, Leah was the Senior Director of HR at Plum Organics where she was responsible for supporting the leadership team through a period of high growth and change post-acquisition by Campbell Soup Company. Prior to working at Plum, Leah spent five years with Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley-based clean tech. During her tenure at Bloom, she held various HR roles, including a stint in Bangalore as the HR leader for India and Asia Pacific. She was also a consultant at Deloitte and a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Leah holds a BA in Anthropology & African Studies from the University of Wisconsin — Madison and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Steve Kearns

Steve is director of product management, focused on Elasticsearch and commercial products at Elastic. Prior to Elastic, he worked at DataGravity and Basis Technology, where he designed and deployed text analytics and search technologies to solve interesting problems for some of the world's most successful companies.

EMEA and APJ Judging Panels will be announced soon. Check back for more updates.