The Hot 50, 2018: Nominations open for premier Advanced Bioeconomy rankings

October 26, 2017 |

Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? Expanded voting options via Twitter – special Photo voting

In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Nominate companies here.

Voting Rules

Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The Digest and invited selectors; this year, votes may also be cast via Photo Voting.

This year, votes will be weighted as follows: 40% based on votes received from the invited Panel of Selectors; 40 percent based on votes received from registered subscribers of The Digest, and 20 percent based on Photo Votes.

Nominations — You Gotta Be in It, To Win It

Each company or organization that receives a nomination will be included on the ballot, along with last years’ Hot 50 recipients. Nominations will remain open through November 20th at 5pm ET.

Note: No company has yet made it into the Rankings as a write-in. So, nomination is virtually essential for a good result — “you have to be in it to win it,’ so make sure you nominate the companies you are a fan of.

Nominate companies here.

Company eligibility

Any company engaged in the advanced bioeconomy as a producer, supplier, investor or partner is eligible for the Hot 50.

Voting period

Hot 50 voting will begin November 27th and continue through February 2nd, 2018 at 5pm ET.

Announcement of Hot 50 results at ABLC 2018 in Washington, DC – March 1, 2018 and Hot Party

Hot 50 rankings will be announced at ABLC in Washington DC on March 1, 2017 at 630pm ET, and we will honor the companies, their suppliers, industrial partners, investors and team at the annual Hot Party in Washington DC.

Selector balloting

Selectors will receive their official Hot 50 ballots from The Digest during the week of January 1st, 2018 and must return them via email no later than 5pm ET, Friday, February 2nd, 2018.

Subscriber balloting

For the Hot 50, subscribers will receive a link to their official ballot in each e-mail newsletter issue of The Digest published between November 27, 2017 and February 2, 2018.

Photo Voting

This year, you may submit Photo votes in support of your candidate company. Each Photo Vote will count as five votes, and should be submitted between November 27, 2017 and February 2, 2018 to [email protected]

Photo Votes will be distributed on the Digest’s Twitter and LinkedIn networks (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for an additional 1 vote in the Hot 50.

The photo must be an original creative work — substantially created for the competition — and must contain the name of the company you are voting for and the words “Hot 50”. Repetitive photos (e.g. a photo of every employee in the company, holding a “Hot 50” sign), will not be counted.  The Digest retains the right to reject any photo on the grounds of lack of originality — e.g. repetitive photos for the same company, images that are from the public domain simply with a “Hot 50” inserted. Images from the public domain can be used if they are used as a springboard for an original creative effort representing an original idea.

PhotoVotes are unlimited in number, and can come from one person — if you submit ballot vote, you can still submit PhotoVotes.

Special bonus votes for Photo Voting

The most original PhotoVotes of the Week will count for 100 votes — the Digest will determine the number of awards given each week, based on the flow and quality of submissions.

Write-in votes

All companies that registered for the Hot 50 Rankings are included in the Official Ballot, but if there is a deserving company that did not register for the Official Ballot, voters are welcome to cast a write-in vote for that company.

Voting criteria

Voters may judge for themselves what makes a company “hot”.

In our view, we believe that “hot” represents an ideal blend of visibility and credibility. Companies that are substantive but unknown may be credible, but they are not hot. Likewise, companies that are widely-known but hyped are visible, but not hot. Hot is not the same as “best” – nor is it the same as “popular” – and the Rankings are neither intended to be a popularity contest nor a quality rating system.

Prohibited voting practices

Voters may not attempt to spam the ballot box through deceptive practices, nor may competing companies organize spam balloting efforts. The Digest reserves the right to reject any ballot it deems to be the product of a spamming campaign — or to cancel all ballots from that voter, or remove a company from the competition — and such a determination will be made in the Digest’s sole discretion, and its decision is final.

Prohibited voting practices include but are not limited to: creating multiple digital accounts in order to submit multiple ballots; using faked or borrowed digital accounts to submit multiple ballots in violation of daily ballot restrictions; or encouraging potential voters to create, borrow to otherwise use multiple digital accounts in order to submit multiple ballots.

In general, any practice designed to prevent a fair ballot is prohibited, and may result in the suspension of a company from the Rankings or the cancellation of any and all ballots which the Digest, in its sole discretion, deems to be tainted.

Permitted voting practices

Companies or individuals may exhort colleagues, friends or the general public to vote for a deserving company – campaigning for a Hot 50 ranking is not prohibited so long as the voting itself is fair and ethical. Voters are permitted to vote for companies they are personally, directly or indirectly, affiliated with.

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