AV News Awards 2018: it could be you!

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

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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.

Award Categories

Personal Awards


  • 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


  • 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 also qualify for inclusion.

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


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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.



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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

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 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 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



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


04_Standard_H_Colors (2)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.


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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.

Comments on AV News Award Sponsorship

“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 Market

“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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