D-Trace and The 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award
By MortazaviBlog on Sep 14, 2006
Michael Totty of The Wall Street Journal reported the award in "The Winners are....":
This is not a first for Sun:
The DTrace trouble-shooting software from Sun was chosen as the Gold
winner in The Wall Street Journal's 2006 Technology Innovation Awards
contest, the second time in three years that a Sun entry has won the
top award. The panel of judges, representing industry as well as
research and academic institutions, selected Gold, Silver and Bronze
award winners and cited one technology for an Honorable Mention.
And it has not been an easy run, unfair or trivial result:
For the awards, now in their sixth year, judges considered novel
technologies from around the world in several categories: medicine and
medical devices, wireless, security, consumer electronics,
semiconductors and others.
A Wall Street Journal editor initially screened more than 600 applications. The judges then considered 121 of the entries, selecting 12 category winners and 37 runners-up. Among the category winners are the top three award winners.
In selecting winners, judges considered whether the
technology truly represents a breakthrough from conventional methods,
rather than just an incremental improvement. (One of the judges, Robert
Drost, won the Gold award for Sun Microsystems in 2004; he recused
himself from voting on Sun's DTrace software.)
The Silver award went to HalioVolt for a light-weight solar energy panel and the Bronze to Pfizer and Nektar for inhalable insulin.
For the working of the Award committee and an assessment of the submissions this year, listen to the podast from The Wall Street Journal, in which WSJ reporter John Leger interviews one of the judges, William Webb, head of research and development at the U.K.'s Office of Communications.
The chart of all winners can be found here.