The judging panel described the Apache Hadoop project as the Swiss army knife of the 21st Century, and having the potential to completely change the face of media innovations across the globe. Overall, the project was seen as a greater catalyst for innovation than WikiLeaks, the iPad and a host of other suggested nominees.
All of the Hadoop contributors should be very proud of this award. Sanjay Radia, Jakob Homan, and I attended in person as members of the Hadoop Project Management Committee to receive the award on behalf of the project.
I've been working on Hadoop full time since the beginning and it has been a pleasure working with such bright and dedicated engineers. It takes a village to raise an elephant from a prototype that runs on a few nodes to the project that is disrupting the big data industry.
Update: Here is a picture from the Guardian:
Iain Lee presenting the award to Sanjay, Jakob, and Owen on behalf of the project.