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AV News Awards 2018: it could be you!

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  • Nominations open for 2018
  • How to enter
  • New Award categories
  • Keynote speaker announced
  • Sponsorship packages sold out
  • Sponsors details
  • Venue and timings

About the AV News Awards 2018

The AV News Awards have a special place within Europe’s audio-visual industry,

being focused on the people and community that make the business work. The

Awards recognise the contribution made by the individuals in the labs and R&D

centres, the sales and marketing teams and those involved in training and support

for the technologies and services that comprise AV solutions.

The Awards also recognise excellence in AV technologies and in the channel that

delivers them to market. AV News is delighted that the Awards again attracted a

strong group of nominees and would like to extend its thanks to all those who

undertook the task of filling in the forms, and to the Award sponsors who again

made the whole thing possible.

SET for the first section:

 

Award Categories

 

Personal Awards

 

FREE TO ENTER

  • AV Technologist of the Year
  • AV Sales Professional of the Year
  • AV Support Professional of the Year
  • AV Marketing Professional of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in AV


Technology, Project, and Organisation Awards

 

FREE TO ENTER FOR SPONSORS, OTHERWISE NOMINATION FEES APPLY

  • AV Market Development Initiative of the Year
  • AV Project of the Year (Education)
  • AV Project of the Year (Commercial)
  • AV Project of the Year (Residential)
  • AV Project of the Year (Live Events)
  • AV Display Innovation of the Year
  • Digital Signage Innovation of the Year
  • Collaboration Innovation of the Year
  • Presentation Innovation of the Year
  • AV Reseller / Integrator of the Year


AV News Awards Categories and Entry Criteria 2018


Personal Awards


AV Technologist of the Year

The AV Technologist of the Year recognises an outstanding achievement by an

individual in advancing AV technology. The Award is open to nominations for

individuals responsible for the development of a new technology, solution or

application, and which is either currently available on the market or which will be

demonstrated as a working prototype up to and including ISE 2018.

AV Sales Professional of the Year

The AV Sales Professional of the Year recognises the contribution that the

individuals who lead or make up the sales teams of resellers, integrators,

distributors or manufacturers make to advancement of the AV industry. The

winner of the Award must demonstrate success in AV sales over a period of at

least two years, a professional approach and innovation in sales technique.

 

AV Support Professional of the Year

Support plays a vital role in customer retention and winning repeat business at

every level in the channel. The AV Support Professional of the Year Award

recognises the importance of the support and service functions, and is open to

representatives of resellers, integrators, distributors and manufacturers. The winner must be able to demonstrate a commitment to the support role, and to provide evidence of positive customer interaction.

AV Marketing Professional of the Year

Communication of the benefits and applications of a continuing stream of new

products, solutions and services have seen the marketing function increase in

influence. The AV Marketing Professional of the Year Award recognises excellence

in marketing and marketing communications. The winner must be able to

demonstrate effectiveness, creativity and success over a period of not less than two

years and innovation in marketing communications.

 

Outstanding Achievement in AV

The Outstanding Achievement in AV Award recognises the product of a lifetime

contribution to the development of the AV industry. The winner will hold, or will

have held, a senior position within the industry for not less than five years, and will

be a well-known figure at the manufacturer, distributor or reseller level.

 

Technology, Project, and Organisation Awards

AV Market Development Initiative of the Year

The AV Market Development Initiative of the Year category acknowledges success

with end-user programmes that contribute to the development of new business

opportunities for the AV industry. Examples of qualifying entries might include

end-user marketing or education campaigns; end-user events; customer

promotions; new technology applications and deployments and other market

development initiatives by AV resellers and systems integrators.

 

AV Project of the Year (Education)

Education applications have seen a succession of technology paradigm shifts that

have teaching and learning fundamentally. These transitions are still in progress

with the move to collaborative and personalised learning. The Award for the

Education Project of the Year recognises quality, service and innovation in

designing and delivering education technology to education clients. The winning

project will acknowledge advances in the method and practice of teaching, and

have regard to anticipated outcomes. The winner will be awarded to the reseller or

integrator responsible for deploying the nominated learning solution in the last

year.

 

AV Project of the Year (Commercial)

Commercial AV has assumed new levels of importance in environments as diverse

as SMBs trough to enterprises and public-sector organisations. Whether through

improving decision making and operational efficiency with collaborative

technologies or developing customer communication with digital signage, AV

technologies are fast becoming mission critical. The commercial Project of the

Year rewards innovation, sustainability and effectiveness and will be awarded to

the reseller or integrator responsible for deploying the nominated commercial

solution in the last calendar year.
AV Project of the Year (Residential)

Both home automation and networked home entertainment have seen significant

innovations in the last year, with advances in energy saving, voice control, robotics,

enhance resolution display, networked audio and the migration of control to

mobile devices. The residential Project of the Year rewards innovation,

sustainability and customer satisfaction and will be awarded to the reseller or

integrator responsible for deploying the nominated residential solution in the last

12 months.

 

AV Project of the Year (Live Events)

The Live Events Award recognises the role of AV in creating and enhancing live

and experiential experiences. Sitting alongside animatronic and robotic

technologies, 3D, AR and VR solutions are now utilised in facilities as diverse as

conference and exhibition venues, concert halls, stadia and sports venues. This

Award recognises innovation in the deployment of AV solutions in the live events

space at events staged in the last year.

 

AV Display Innovation of the Year

The AV Display Innovation of the Year Award marks the development of new or

improved display technologies that will have a significant effect on the AV industry

going forwards, providing the basis for new products, solutions or applications.

The Award can be made to companies recognised as currently active within the

AV sector or those involved in the development of enabling technologies on

which future AV solutions might be based. Innovations introduced during 2017 or

previewed in at least prototype form at ISE 2018 will be considered.

 

Digital Signage Innovation of the Year

As one of the hottest sectors in AV, the Digital Signage sector has seen continuous

innovation in displays, interactivity, media players, audience monitoring and

analysis. This category is open to developers, manufacturers and systems

integrators involved in developing digital signage for clients in institutional and

commercial markets including retail, transportation, stadia and other entertainment

venues, museums and galleries.

 

Collaboration Technology of the Year

The importance of collaboration in in education and the workspace is

acknowledged in this Award, which is open to manufacturers, software developers

and others active in meeting room systems, video and audio solutions, networking

and workspace facilities (including technology, design, environment and

sustainability). Innovations must have been introduced to the market or

demonstrated as a prototype in the year to ISE 2018.

 

Presentation Technology of the Year

State-of-the-art presentations are almost unrecognisable to the generation suffering

‘Death by PowerPoint’, with new solutions available in both the display and

management of presentation materials. This category is open to developers,

manufacturers and systems integrators involved in developing innovative

presentation solutions and techniques. Innovations must have been introduced to the market or demonstrated as a prototype in the year to ISE 2018.

 

AV Reseller / Integrator of the Year

The AV Reseller / Integrator of the Year Award recognises excellence in the

transaction of AV business — skilled specialists delivering the right product or

solution for their customers’ needs, with purchase decisions based on appropriate

advice, installed with a high degree of competence and supported with due

consideration. The winner of this Award will be required to demonstrate

effectiveness at each stage of the process, with evidence provided in the form of

projects completed within the last 12 months.

 Award Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the AV News Awards 2018 should be submitted via the web form provided, which was activated on the 1st August 2017. The 2018 edition of the Awards includes three new product categories (for innovations in presentation,

collaboration and digital signage) and one new project category (for live events)

Nominations in the Personal Award Categories (Technologist of the Year, Sales

Professional of the Year, Support Professional of the Year, Marketing Professional

of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in AV) are again free to enter

Nominations by AV News Award Sponsors in any category are also free.

All other nominations in the Technology, Project and Organisation Categories are

this year subject to an Administration Fee of £75 plus VAT, per nomination for

entry into the Awards only, or £175 plus VAT if you would like to support your

nomination by attending the Awards Presentation at ISE 2018 on the 6th February

2018 at ISE (subject to availability).

2018 Nomination form: https: / / form.jotformeu.com/ 72013113657346

Please complete a separate form for each Nomination and press, enter the Captcha

code provided Submit when finished. You will receive an email as proof

of receipt. The closing date for submission of entries is the 1st December 2017.

Please complete the entry form as fully as possible. If you would like to supply

supplementary materials please submit the entry form and add details of additional

materials in the space provided. The additional materials should be supplied by

email or Dropbox to sue.pritchard@avnews.co.uk .


Sponsorship opportunities sold out

 

Contracts issue to Stampede, Peerless-AV, Promethean and Vivitek complete the

2018 roster of sponsors for the 2018 AV News Awards. The AV News Awards

2018 are to be presented at a gourmet breakfast presentation on the first morning

of ISE 2018.


About the Award Sponsors

Avocor

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Avocor creates, develops and manufactures market-leading touch technology hardware, software and accessories designed to enhance the meeting and learning space. With offices in Surrey and London, England as well as Portland, Oregon in the US, we focus on delivering solutions on a global scale that provide an unrivalled experience for our customers through an extensive and experienced partner network. Find out more at www.avocor.com.

 

Exertis

 

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Exertis is one of Europe’s largest and fastest growing technology distribution and specialist service providers. We partner with 400 global technology brands and over 45,000 resellers, e-commerce operators and retailers across Europe. In our most recent financial year to 31st March 2017, Exertis had a turnover of £2.69 billion (EUR 3.14 billion) and grew by 10%. “We believe we are judged by how we act and our reputation is defined and by how we put into practice our core values. Values express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as a business. How we engage with our customers and interact with each other demonstrates the manner in which we live our values.”
NEC Group

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NEC Display Solutions Europe GmbH has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA. NEC Display Solutions benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own Research and Development, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers offering the widest product range of display solutions in the market. The display product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and speciality desktop LCDs, via large-size Public Displays for Digital and Retail Signage. The Projector range offers products for all needs, from portable devices via business projectors to products for permanent operation (such as PoS applications) and digital cinema projectors.
Promethean

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Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the Net Dragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies. For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.

 

PSCo

 

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PSCo are specialists in new technologies including LED, working closely with leading manufacturers – including Absen, Leyard and Samsung – to find the right solution. We hold extensive product stock and support our partners with preferential payment terms, bespoke and off-the-shelf mounting solutions and full technical services. Our mission is ‘Delivering Innovation’. We do this through the latest and most innovative display technology and superior technical support and logistics services.


Sahara Presentation Systems Group

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Sahara AV Distribution is part of the newly formed Sahara Presentations Group. Also within the group are Clevertouch and Sedao Digital Signage Solutions.
The Sahara Presentations Group continues to focus on key AV solutions and developing strategic relationships with vendors and customers.
Revenues grew in 2016 to £48.1 million, up from £35.2 million in 2015. The business is on track to exceed revenues of £66 million in 2017. This year, the Sahara Presentations Group has been recognised within three Fastest Growing Businesses surveys including: The Sunday Times Profit Track 100; London Stock Exchange 2017 – Top 1,000 Companies to inspire Britain; and The Sunday Times International Fast Track 200.

 

Stampede Presentation Products

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World renowned for providing industry-leading AV and IT system solutions for dealers in every major vertical market, Stampede Presentation Products Inc. is the oldest and largest provider of ProAV solutions. Since 1998, Stampede has turned conventional wisdom on its head, pioneering the commercialization of innovative new technologies, platforms, products, and services that make the systems you design and install for your customers that much more effective for them — and profitable for you

ViewSonic

 

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ViewSonic’s mission is to be the preferred global brand of visual solution products as we continue to focus on display-centric offerings that include LED monitors, touch displays, projectors, large format displays and virtual desktops. ViewSonic continues to pioneer visual technology innovations and build a connected and far-reaching digital future.

 

Vivitek

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Vivitek is a leading manufacturer of visual display and presentation products. The company’s extensive line-up of award-winning digital projection devices incorporates the latest innovations and technologies. The extensive line-up consists of projectors for home cinema, education, large venue and meeting room projectors. Vivitek was the first to launch a full high-definition LED home cinema projector and was among the first to offer the tiny but powerful HD LED Qumi projectors to the mass market consumer, as well as 3D-ready digital projectors featuring DLP link from Texas Instruments.

The AV News Awards Presentation 2018

The AV News Awards 2018 are to be presented at a gourmet breakfast

presentation on the first morning of ISE 2018, at the RAI Amsterdam at 8.30 am

on the 6th February 2018.

 

DCS Technologies’ MD Gerry O Keffe is to present the Keynote Address,

responding to the question: “Why is it so difficult to add chargeable value to AV

products and solutions?”. The Keynote Address will be recorded on video and will also be published in print after the event.

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“Peerless-AV are proud supporters of the annual AV News Awards and our renewal for 2018 is testimony of their importance in the AV industry. Held on the opening morning of ISE, the world’s largest AV and systems integration show, the breakfast awards ceremony attracts key professionals and kicks off the show with a unique and friendly flair.”

Beky Cann, Director of PR & Communications EMEA, Peerless-AV

“The AV News awards has quickly become established as THE start to the ISE exhibition and one that Avocor are proud to sponsor.”

VP, Marketing, Avocor

 

“As an awards programme which recognises the very best in the AV industry, Promethean are proud to be sponsors again this year and wish everyone the very best with their nominations. We’re looking forward to a great event and to seeing everyone at ISE 2018.”

 

Alistair Hayward, Head of UKI & ANZ Markets

 

“As the AV industry continues to expand and evolve with new technologies, it is right that we honour those companies playing a part in transforming the industry for the better. Having been a part of the AV industry for the past 30 years, we understand the determination and effort our peers put into designing, manufacturing and installing innovative products. We are extremely proud to sponsor such a prestigious event and we wish all the entrants the best of luck—we look forward to seeing you all at the AV News Awards 2018!”

 

Posen Wang, managing director at ViewSonic Europe

 

 


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