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2023 Tulip Groundbreaker Awards

The Tulip Groundbreaker Awards program recognizes innovators on the frontlines of operational industries for their exceptional use of the Tulip platform to digitally transform their operations.

Nominations are now closed.

Check back to see when the winners will be announced!

Award Categories

Tulip Golden Shovel Award icon

Golden Shovel Award

The Golden Shovel Award recognizes three individuals that have leveraged Tulip and their app-building expertise to solve unique challenges and make an impact on their organization through citizen development.

Beyond recognition of their accomplishments within the manufacturing industry, winners of the Golden Shovel award will receive priority product feedback, admission to the 2024 Digital Factory event, a selection of premium Tulip swag, and custom trophy.

Tulip Greenhouse Award icon

Greenhouse Award

The Greenhouse Award recognizes one manufacturing site or company that has empowered their team with digital tools to drive success and enable continuous improvement with Tulip.

Beyond recognition of the team’s success within the manufacturing industry, winners of the Greenhouse award will receive priority product feedback, admission to the 2024 Digital Factory event, a selection of premium Tulip swag, and custom trophy.

See the 2022 Winners

Past Groundbreaker Award Winners

  • Headshot of Allistair Adams

    Allistair Adams, Quality Engineer at Mack Molding

    "I enjoy being a part of the Tulip Community. It’s fun experimenting and solving problems with Tulip, and sharing the knowledge I’ve gained to help others has been a rewarding experience. Thanks to the Community and Office Hours platforms anyone can learn to apply the tools they develop to troubleshoot and improve their manufacturing systems. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the conversation, and thank you for the Golden Shovel Award!"

  • Headshot of Alan Madorin

    Alan Madorin, Manufacturing Engineer at Terex

    “I’m extremely grateful to receive the Golden Shovel award from Tulip. It has been a challenging, yet rewarding journey building apps to support Terex’s digital transformation initiatives over the last year… There are so many digital opportunities to improve the business. I look forward to the journey ahead of us and I am excited to see what is possible with Tulip."

  • Headshot of Pete Harnett

    Pete Hartnett, (Previously) Manufacturing Engineer at Protolabs

    "Tulip has enabled Protolabs to go from an idea, to a minimum viable Product, to a stable, version controlled, and released software in days as opposed to months. The code-free interface means the people who best know what the floor needs are able to make all the tools we need to run our floor. Receiving this Groundbreaker Award is a huge honor for all of us working with Tulip at Protolabs."

Rules, Deadlines, Conditions, and Eligibility


For All Awards:

  • Nominees must be an active customer of Tulip Interfaces both at the time of submission and the time the winners are announced.

  • Nominations must be submitted via the designated Google Form links on this page and received by 11:59 PM EST on October 31, 2023.

  • Nominations can be submitted on behalf of oneself or a team member for the Golden Shovel Award, or on behalf of their organization for the Greenhouse Award.

  • Nominations can also be submitted internally by Tulip employees on behalf of an individual customer for the Golden Shovel Award or on behalf of a customer organization for the Greenhouse award.

  • Submissions will be reviewed for winner selection by a panel of Tulip employees.


The deadline to submit a nomination is October 31, 2023 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be notified via email prior to the public announcement via virtual event in November 2023.

Conditions and Eligibility

All Awards:

Only customers in good standing (as determined by Tulip) are eligible. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Tulip reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend any contest (or portion thereof). Tulip also reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry. BY ENTERING, YOU WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO BRING (AND COVENANT NOT TO BRING) ANY CLAIM AGAINST TULIP OR ANY OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CONTEST. YOU FURTHER AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS TULIP FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST. Any disputes that may arise hereunder shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Venue with respect to any such disputes shall be the state and federal courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.