Elastic Search Awards

Honoring philanthropic, innovative, and transformative projects and the people behind them.

Your work, your cause. Live, on stage.

Whether you’re helping improve communities through philanthropic pursuits, building innovative new solutions, or transforming the way business gets done, the Elastic Search Awards recognize outstanding Elastic Stack projects — and the folks who create them.

After honoring some truly amazing projects in 2019, we’re excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Elastic Search Awards. This year, we’ve added a new category to celebrate Elastic certified professionals. We encourage you or someone you know to apply. Have questions? Contact us.

Award categories

We recognize honorees in four award categories. View past honorees.

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.

(New for 2020) Elastic Certified Professional of the Year
If you’ve mastered the Elastic Stack and achieved your Elastic Certification, then gone on to impact the Elastic community, get a raise, help your peers, start a new personal project, or simply empower yourself and those around you, we’re looking forward to hearing more about it.

Additional information

Like our community, the Elastic Search Awards run on local time. Up to two honorees from each category will be selected from the following regions:

  • North and South America (Americas)
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
  • Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ)

In addition, one honoree from each category will be chosen from the global public sector community (e.g., state, local, and national governments as well as educational institutions and NGOs).

Honorees from the categories will receive:

  • An Elastic Online Training Subscription valid for one year
  • Access to a discounted Elastic Cloud offering
  • Recognition during the regional Virtual Elastic{ON} Tour event
  • Branded Elastic Search Awards jacket for up to 3 project team members (1 for the Certified Professional of the Year)

Dates and deadlines

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



Public Sector


Applications openOctober 3, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 3, 2019 October 3, 2019
Applications closeJanuary 8, 2020 July 31, 2020 July 31, 2020 July 31, 2020
Awards ceremonyMarch 4, 2020 To be announced To be announced To be announced

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Elastic Search Awards application

Applications may be submitted in any language. If you need additional space, please fill out this form and then email your complete application to elastic-search-awards@elastic.co. Please send all recommendation letters for the Certified Professional of the Year award to the same address with the applicant’s name in the subject line.


Judging panels

APJ panel

Mujtaba Hussain

Mujtaba Hussain is the CTO @ Fillr (fillr.com). Previously, he worked as Lead Infrastructure engineer at the same company and before that was a software engineer at realestate.com.au. He loves to graph and chart all kinds of data and display his work on his blog at blog.mujtabahussain.net. In his free time, he loves to go rock climbing and play cricket.

Bhavish Sood

Bhavish is the General Partner at Modulor Capital, a cross-border fund that invests in HealthTech, and Enterprise Software sectors with a focus on IoT, Digital, and AI/ML. Prior to this, Bhavish spent more than 10 years as a Research Director at Gartner (NYSE: IT) with the software markets advisory service where he advised Fortune 500 companies as well as large technology companies around the transformational impact of analytics and data.

Mark Walkom

Mark Walkom is the Senior Manager of Community Advocacy for Elastic.

Faith Chaza

Faith Chaza has an incredible growth mindset and always eager to know or learn new things. As a former mathematician and educationalist, she was able to marry the love of learning and data by working with educational institutions in the greater APAC region on their Big Data and digital learning strategies. Working for Elastic and continuing to be driven by her core mission to “make the world a little better”, Faith now works with the professional services team in APJ - helping consultants and customers build better experiences.

Rich Raposa

Rich is the Manager of the Certification Program at Elastic. He was also the main developer of the Elasticsearch Engineer I and II training courses that are the foundation of the Elastic Certified Engineer exam. Prior to Elastic, he built and managed the Certification Program at Hortonworks.

Americas panel

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 ElasticON and SCALE 16x conferences.

Tom Davis

As AVP for information security, Tom Davis provides executive leadership and oversight for, and advises university leadership on, strategy, policy, and execution for cybersecurity related to computer and telecommunications systems; incident response; continuity of operations; and appropriate collection, deployment, handling, and security of institutional and personal information.

In addition, Davis provides executive leadership for the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN- ISAC). The REN-ISAC maintains a trusted coalition of cybersecurity professionals throughout higher education and provides key services to those professionals so they are better equipped to analyze and respond to security threats and incidents.

Davis is also the founding executive director and CISO of OmniSOC—a cybersecurity operations center for higher education. In this role, he provides executive leadership in establishing, refining, and maturing OmniSOC and its services based on member needs and the changing security landscape.

Before his current appointment, he served as chief security officer and provided 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 has been with IU and VPIT for over 30 years, serving as a dedicated security professional since 1991.

Steve Kearns

Steve Kearns is the VP of Product Management for Elastic.

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.

Rich Raposa

Rich is the Manager of the Certification Program at Elastic. He was also the main developer of the Elasticsearch Engineer I and II training courses that are the foundation of the Elastic Certified Engineer exam. Prior to Elastic, he built and managed the Certification Program at Hortonworks.

Public Sector panel

Tim Tutt

Tim Tutt is a proven technical leader with over a decade of software engineering experience focused specifically developing and deploying large scale search and discovery and data analytics solutions in both the public and private sectors. He has a strong passion for operationalizing deep technical capabilities for the benefit of non-technical business users.

As an Elastic Certified Engineer Tim has deep experience using Elasticsearch for a variety of use cases. He is viewed by peers as a thought leader and go to resource for organizations looking for out of the box, innovative solutions to hard problems.

Tim is currently the CEO and Cofounder of Night Shift Development, Inc., which focuses on helping organizations make sense of their data. Using his background in natural language processing, machine learning, and data analytics, he created and productized a solution aimed at allowing non-technical users to have conversational experience with their data.

Madison Bahmer

Madison Bahmer is the Chief Technology Officer at IST Research, a company focused on human security issues founded in 2008. He has been with the company for over six years, and enjoys creating artwork in his spare time.

Dave Erickson

Dave is a software engineer and systems architect specializing in distributed systems and real-time analytics. He worked on some of the earliest NoSQL and distributed search systems in Federal IT and is the Federal Architecture Lead for Elastic.

Kevin Keeney

Kevin exudes passion about the field of cybersecurity, technology, people, and where they all meet. He has enjoyed a career in military, corporate, and start-up settings, both in operations and pre-sales engineering roles. Most importantly, he is a husband and father of five amazing children.

Rich Raposa

Rich is the Manager of the Certification Program at Elastic. He was also the main developer of the Elasticsearch Engineer I and II training courses that are the foundation of the Elastic Certified Engineer exam. Prior to Elastic, he built and managed the Certification Program at Hortonworks.

EMEA panel

Robert Trueman

Rob Trueman is the Head of Software Engineering at CDL. With over 10+ years' experience delivering large scale business transformation projects within the Financial Services and Insurance sectors, Rob is skilled in Cloud Platforms, Enterprise Architecture, Agile Methodologies, ITIL and IT strategy, leading over 200 people at CDL's Campus.

Rob has been working with the Elastic stack, implementing it as part of new high volume products and services for customers for around 7 years, primarily within the Financial Services sector.

Valentin Crettaz

Valentin Crettaz has been an independent IT consultant for 20 years. His last 8 years, he has specialized in developing Elastic based solutions around the world to companies active in many different sectors, such as real estate, e-commerce, banking and finance, government and points of sale. His expertise extends to software engineering and architecture to data science and business intelligence.

Val is also Senior Solutions Architect at TopHap Inc, a growing California-based company that leverages the Elastic Stack to help real estate professionals and buyers make better investment decisions by using many proprietary data sets and analytics to reduce risk and maximize return on investment.

As a proud Elastic Community Leader, Val also devotes part of his free time to organize Elastic meet ups in Switzerland since 2016.

Philipp Krenn

Philipp lives to demo interesting technology. Having worked as a web, infrastructure, and database engineer for over ten years, Philipp is now a developer advocate and community team lead in EMEA at Elastic. Based in Vienna, Austria, he is constantly traveling Europe and beyond to speak and discuss open source software, search, databases, infrastructure, and security.

Sophie Chang

Sophie Chang is Team Lead for Machine Learning at Elastic. Formerly VP Engineering at Prelert, she is an experienced engineering manager, with a background in enterprise software and systems management. She has a degree in Physics from Imperial College.

Rich Raposa

Rich is the Manager of the Certification Program at Elastic. He was also the main developer of the Elasticsearch Engineer I and II training courses that are the foundation of the Elastic Certified Engineer exam. Prior to Elastic, he built and managed the Certification Program at Hortonworks.