Lifetime Achievement Award

The objective of the Lifetime Achievement Award is to distinguish leaders of the LACNIC community who have a long history of promoting the development and deployment of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to leaders who, apart from having worked within their local contexts, have contributed to regional processes to promote Internet consolidation and deployment in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In line with LACNIC's vision of promoting an Open, Stable and Secure Internet for the development of Latin America and the Caribbean, this award seeks to honor accomplishments of professionals who have promoted the collaborative Internet model, working in fields such as Internet governance, the development of technical skills, the use of Internet standards, and the promotion of the digital economy in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is a LACNIC initiative to distinguish experienced professionals in the Latin America and Caribbean Internet ecosystem and to promote values such as collaborative work, innovation and promotion of a common vision for Internet development in the region. Since its first edition in 2009, the award has been presented to 19 leaders from 11 countries of the region. 

2020 Open Call for Proposals

LACNIC announces its calling for the nomination of candidates to the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations will be received until Friday, 28 February 2020.

From 2020 onwards, nominated candidates who meet the nomination requirements will be given permanent consideration in future editions of the Lifetime Achievement Award, without the need to be nominated again each year.

The selection will be in charge of a jury specially appointed for the 2020 edition, summoned by the LACNIC Board and made up by representatives of the regional Internet ecosystem.  Jurors for the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award will be as follows: Carolina Aguerre, Rodrigo de la Parra, Wardner Maia, Bernadette Lewis, Luis Furlán, Edmundo Vitale and Max Larson Henry.

Nomination Terms and Conditions

Eligible Candidates

  • Experienced Professionals who Have Promoted Internet Development within Latin America and the Caribbean. Regardless of their nationality, any person may be nominated who has made relevant contributions to Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must have a strong professional background in the Internet ecosystem. The award does not establish a minimum number of years of work; however, winners must have between 20 and 30 years of work in the Internet Industry at the time of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Regional Impact Leaders. Winners will have contributed not only to Internet development within their local contexts, but also to regional processes to promote the consolidation of the Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Professional Sector. Any person may be nominated who has made relevant, verifiable contributions to Internet development in the region in one or more of the following sectors: private enterprise, civil society engagement, public policy, research and academic work, community building, support for infrastructure development and technological developments, among other relevant sectors.
  • Field of Work. Contributions in the fields of Internet governance, the promotion of the collaborative Internet model, the development of technical capabilities, encouraging the use and development of Internet standards, and promoting of the digital economy in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean will be considered particularly relevant.
  • Incompatibilities. LACNIC employees, active members of the LACNIC Board, the LACNIC's commissions or the Jury of the Lifetime Achievement Award are not eligible to receive the award. If the candidate served in any of these capacities, that person must have been unattached for more than 12 months at the time of nomination.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria and their weighting will be as follows:
Contributions to Internet Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (30%). Direct impact of the candidate's work on the promotion of Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Leadership in Regional Processes (20%). Candidate participation and leadership in regional processes that have promoted Internet growth and consolidation.
Community Building (20%). Candidate leadership in fostering and promoting the creation of working communities among colleagues and professionals in the Internet ecosystem.
Impact on Users (15%). The scope of the candidate's work in terms of the impact or benefits generated within Internet user communities and society in general.
Years of experience (10%). Candidate’s achievements in the Internet ecosystem in terms of years of experience.
Female Representation (2.5%). If the candidate is female.
Geographical Representation (2.5%).  If the candidate comes from a country that faced greater challenges with Internet adoption.

How to Submit a Nomination

  • Nomination System. The Lifetime Achievement Award is carried out through nominations. Members of the regional Internet community may nominate candidates who meet the criteria listed in the previous section. Self-nominations are not allowed.
  • Dates: The call will be open from Wednesday January 29 to Friday 28 February, 2020 at 11:59 pm UTC-3 (Uruguay time). Nominations will not be accepted past this deadline.
  • Nomination Form. All nominations must be submitted by completing the online form available at: http://trayectoria.lacnic.net. In order to participate, please complete this form with the candidate's personal information, his/her experience working in the Internet field, references, and other relevant data. The jurors may request additional information if they believe this is necessary to properly assess each nomination. 
  • Award. The winner will receive a trophy. The winner will be invited to participate in the awards ceremony which will take place during LACNIC 33 - in Cali, Colombia, from 4 to 8 May.

Selection Process

  • How to Submit a Nomination. Call for nominations.
  • Eligibility Evaluation. The Jury will review each nomination to determine the candidates' eligibility. 
    • Those candidates determined to be eligible by the Jury will be given permanent consideration in current and future editions of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 
    • If the Jury determines that the candidate does not meet the basic requirements for nomination, those who nominated said candidate will be informed of the refusal and may nominate the candidate again after two years.
  • In-Depth Candidate Evaluation. The Jury will review the accepted nominations through a thorough process that will weigh the selection criteria listed above.
  • Award Announcement Ceremony. LACNIC will announce the winning candidate of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first annual event of the organization.
  • Frequency. Starting in 2020, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented every two years.

Questions. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact: trayectoria@lacnic.net.

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