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United States CIO Vivek Kundra Receives 2011 Data Hero Visionary Award

First Annual Award Honors Innovators Using "Big Data" to Improve How We Work and Live

LAS VEGAS, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC WORLD 2011 --

News Summary:

  • EMC® announced the 2011 Data Hero Awards winners and finalists
  • First annual Data Hero Visionary award goes to Vivek Kundra, the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United States of America
  • Winners and honorable mentions across Government, Public Service, Media, Energy, Consumer Services, Health Care, Life Sciences, Technology

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EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced the winners of the 2011 Data Hero Awards, which honor those delivering unique and innovative solutions and techniques for using Big Data to profoundly impact individuals, organizations, industries and the world. Selected by a prestigious independent judge panel (listed further below) winners and finalists were revealed during today's EMC World keynote titled "Big Data. Big Opportunity," which was co-presented by EMC's Scott Yara and Sujal Patel.

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The first annual Data Hero Award winners are:

Data Hero 2011 winners and honorable mentions were selected by a panel of independent judges, including:

  • Tom Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology & Management, Babson College and Co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics
  • Kevin Davies, Editor-in-Chief of Bio-IT World and the author of "The $1000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine"
  • Edd Dumbill, Program Chair, O'Reilly Media
  • Dr. Michael Freed, Program Director, AI Center, SRI
  • Hadley Reynolds, Research Vice President, Search and Discovery Technologies, IDC


Vivek Kundra, Chief Information Officer, United States of America

"I'm truly honored to be recognized for this 2011 Data Hero visionary award. The modern economy is powered by data and technology. That's why we strive to find innovative paths to lower government cost, engage citizens and institute radical transparency to bring them closer to their government and to help move us all forward, together."

Scott Yara, Co-founder of Greenplum® and Vice President of Products for EMC's Data Computing Division

"These winners are the true heroes of the big data era, as their work is reshaping the world as we know it today. They are at the forefront of mining the volumes of data that surround us to find key insights that can be applied to current business and societal processes to improve everything from consumer packaged goods to medicines that treat and cure life threatening diseases."

Sujal Patel, Founder of Isilon® and President of EMC Isilon Storage Division

"Not only has the big data era arrived, but it already impacts our lives in many ways, from the drive toward truly personalized medicine to more efficient government. These real-life data heroes help show us all the power of information in driving positive change. Their commitment to that pursuit is what big data is all about."

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